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GOP decries Higgins' missed votes

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Brian Higgins missed six procedural House votes amid the government shutdown Saturday for events back home, and Republicans won't let him forget it.

All of the votes were routine and had no impact on the shutdown or any legislation, and more than two dozen other lawmakers -- including several Republicans -- missed the same votes.

But Higgins' absence prompted the Erie County Republican Committee to tweet: "How's that for representation? Maybe he ought to focus on doing the important job he has in DC instead of pretending to be a city councilman."

Higgins' spokeswoman said he met with Niagara Falls block clubs Saturday and stayed for Sunday's Women's March in Buffalo. She said Higgins returned to Washington Sunday and would have returned sooner if there had been a vote to end the shutdown.

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