Fast Pace Leads to Confusion in House

The rapid-fire succession of floor votes in the House this year has triggered lawmaker confusion and mistakes.

U.S._House_SealWith dozens of votes stacked in a lengthy series on recent bills, a number of House lawmakers have cast the wrong votes.

Over a period of 10 days in June, at least a half-dozen House members have stood on the floor to state publicly that they voted incorrectly.

It is important for members to clarify the record for a variety of reasons, most notably that one of their votes could be used against them in a future campaign.

Longtime Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) said he “mistakenly voted ‘nay,’ ” when he “intended to vote ‘yea’ ” on a GOP energy bill.

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Source: Molly K. Hooper | The Hill
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