Friday, May 20, 2016

'Shame! Shame! Shame!': Swalwell misses vote allowing LGBT amendment to fail

Rep. Eric Swalwell
As cries of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" from Democratic lawmakers rained down on the House floor Thursday over a failed amendment to bar contractors from federal contracts if they discriminate against the LGBT community, the voice of East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell was absent.

The amendment offered by New York Rep. Sean Maloney was defeated by a single vote Thursday. Swalwell was one of eight legislators who did not register a vote. In addition, eight members, including four from Southern California, changed their vote to no after it appeared the amendment would pass.

ALSO: Final roll call for the Maloney amendment

Swalwell scrambled to address his notable no-show, posting an explanation on Facebook Thursday afternoon. "I had to fly home to California on Tuesday night for a family health emergency, and so I missed some votes yesterday and today," wrote Swalwell.

Instead, Swalwell laid the blame squarely on House Republicans for maneuvering to thwart the bill at the last minute.
Not missing votes and maintaining a consistent presence in Washington has long been Swalwell's promise to his constituents since he unseated Pete Stark four years ago. Standing strong with the community LGBT has been another, although not entirely consistently.

Two years ago, Swalwell used another excuse to avoid renewing his membership in the House LGBT Caucus. This time it was because of inability to afford its membership dues.


  1. Pry missed voting because he was shoe shopping with Parker.

  2. Too much shit going on with the gays anyway. No big deal. He done good.

  3. EB Citizen clearly still has a heart on for Eric. Leave him alone you crazy stalkers, he is already a better Congressman that Stark EVER was.

  4. By MW:

    Since the latest craze of the lunatics, nitwits, lemmings, stooges, and politically correct puppets on a string who are members of the Fad of the Month Club, in other words the phonies who pretend to be "liberals," is pretending that such things as having transgender restrooms is a great idea, therefore obviously anyone who does not strongly support this latest idiocy and mentally retarded nonsense is a "horrible" person.