Speaker Ryan Vacates Iran Vote to Punish Tardiness
Washington (CNN)When House Speaker Paul Ryan tells members they need to be on time for votes, he means it.
The House technically passed a bill on Wednesday imposing new sanctions on Iran, something many House Republicans critical of the Obama Administration were eager to do. But after a significant block of lawmakers didn't make it to the floor in time to register their support they asked for a do-over. House GOP leaders moved to "vacate" the vote, and got agreement from Democrats, many of whose members also missed the vote.
As a result, roll call vote 44 was wiped away from the official record and rescheduled for the end of January.
Out of the 137 House members who missed the vote, 57 were Republicans and 80 were Democrats.