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30 September 2010

Sanford Bishop Says He Wants to Work, But Votes to Leave Town

Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on an adjournment resolution that effectively left the Bush tax cuts on the table until after the November elections.

Republicans called the move by Democrats irresponsible.

Shortly before the vote, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R - Ohio) pleaded for Democrats to defeat the resolution so that there could be an up or down vote on extending the Bush tax cuts.

"The idea that we're going to leave here and not extend all of the current tax rates to end the uncertainty is an irresponsibility on the part of this Congress," Boehner said Wednesday on the House floor. "And how any member can vote to adjourn, and punt this into a lame duck session, I think is putting your election above the needs of your constituents."

The House voted, 210 - 209, to adjourn until November 15th, well past the midterm elections [HOUSE ROLL CALL 546].

2nd district Congressman Sanford Bishop was among the 210 Democrats voting to leave town without extending the tax cuts.

However, in an op-ed the day after the vote, Bishop wrote, " I believe it is imperative that Congress returns immediately to take action before the election." [Galloway, Jim (2010-9-30). Your morning jolt: Nathalie Dupree for U.S. Senate? More butter can fix anything. Political Insider (AJC). Retrieved on 2010-9-30.]

Here's an honest question though:

If Sanford Bishop supports extending the Bush tax cuts, and he says Congress should return before the November 2nd election to vote on the Bush tax cuts, then why did he vote to leave town?