I’m writing this to point out that we’re not in agreement on Congressman Flake’s absence on the cap and tax bill.
Most important to note, more than anything else, is that there was no chance the bill was ever going to fail. The leadership passed it with the narrowest margin humanly possible to give every endangered incumbent a pass. If they had forced the issue, the bill would have carried by more than 20 votes.
Second, the criticism utterly fails to take note of the enormous sacrifice given up by members of congress. Should we expect member’s families to accept any kind of abuse and absence necessary? Should we have a congress full of people with no semblence of a work/life balance? Congress is the least family friendly institution in the United States.
I applaud Congressman Flake for realizing that there is more to life than his work, especially when he couldn’t have possibly made the difference.