Brooks’ skipped vote was on the day he released a controversial campaign ad that used audio from the actual shooting. The ad was quickly condemned by the office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
Shortly after the shooting, Scalise’s wife praised Capitol Police Officers David Bailey and Crystal Grinner, saying in a statement that they “saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field.”
And for those keeping track, here’s the other votes Brooks skipped yesterday while he was on the Alabama campaign trail:
Vote #407: Bill to authorize funding for the CIA, NSA and Office of the National Intelligence Director.
Vote #409: Bill to eliminate the 15-year time limit to use Post-9/11 GI bill education benefits.