FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi’s meetings with the president of Ethiopia to discuss security and terrorism issues in Africa and with the general manager of Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District to talk about the drought, the twin tunnels and water bond proposals meant he was not able to vote Friday on Republican-backed immigration measures, his office said.
Both meetings had been on the congressman’s calendar for weeks, while the GOP House leadership scheduled a vote at the last second to score political points, the statement added.
Garamendi’s vote would not have prevented the bills from passing the House of Representatives, according to the statement. The legislation is dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate, the statement concluded.
David O’Connell, manager of Dan Logue’s campaign for the 3rd Congressional District represented by Garamendi, said in a statement that, “apparently electoral self-preservation is top of Garamendi’s mind.”
“It’s incredible that, in one of the most important votes of the year to protect the borders and protect children, Garamendi is AWOL,” O’Connell said. “Instead of taking continuous junkets abroad, Garamendi should be tending to the people’s business at home.”
Twenty members of the House missed the vote on the Republican measures.
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