Tuesday night, the House voted to designate the 9/11 Memorial and Museum as a national memorial. It is a designation that would allow the memorial to compete for federal funding to properly maintain the museum. It would also help keep such an important piece of history free to the public.
New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was one of 34 congressman to miss the vote, though the reason for his absence seems rather questionable.
He was campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.
Via the NRCC:
Last night the House voted to provide federal funding for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum by designating it as a national memorial. New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney missed the vote. Was that because he was attending a Hillary Clinton rally in New Hampshire?
The 9/11 vote was called at 6:50PM. Maloney tweeted a video at a Hillary Clinton rally in New Hampshire at 9:12PM. Was that why Maloney missed the vote? For what it is worth, a flight from DC to New Hampshire is an hour and 6 minutes – plenty of time for Maloney to do his job before cheering on Hillary at her concession speech.
But it wasn’t just the rally at 9:12 that Maloney attended. At 3 PM, the Congressman was listed as a surrogate who would be canvassing for Clinton in Nashua and Salem, NH. At 5 PM, he began another canvas for the Democrat candidate in Concord.
Via the Sentinel Source:
Other scheduled stops by Clinton campaign surrogates today are:
At 3 p.m., U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn, was scheduled to launch a canvass at 54 Nashua St. in Nashua, while U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., was slated to do the same at 15 Ermer Road in Salem, and Gallego at 97 Main St. in Nashua. At the same time, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., was scheduled to kick off a canvass at 265 Washington St. in Keene before heading to a similar event at 5 p.m. at 1 Wakefield St. in Rochester.
At 5 p.m., Maloney will kick off a canvass at 109 North State St. in Concord; also at 5 p.m., Himes will do the same at 103A Water St. in Exeter.
NRCC Spokesman Chris Pack issued the following statement on Maloney’s absence at the 9/11 Memorial vote:
“Sean Patrick Maloney should be ashamed of himself if he missed a vote to provide federal funding for the 9/11 Memorial to instead attend a Hillary Clinton campaign rally 500 miles away in New Hampshire. Maloney seems to have forgotten he is still a Congressman for the time being and not a volunteer on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”