When forced to miss votes due to travel delays, most House members cite “unavoidable delays” in their personal explanations in the Congressional Record, and leave it at that.
But not the ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.). He calls out the airline and flight number in the permanent record.On Monday, travel delays caused Mica to miss two evening votes: one honoring a professional soccer team and another recognizing National Runaway Prevention Month, both of which he would have supported.
But in his personal explanation, he cites the precise offender: “U.S. Airways flight 859.”
A quick check reveals that flight 859, from Orlando, Fla., to Washington, was more than three hours late departing Florida due to inclement weather.
Mica’s spokesman said the lawmaker always records the flight number in the record “in case anyone wants to check on it.”