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Senator Misses Historic Votes for Holiday Party

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- There was one Democratic senator who missed Saturday’s crucial votes on Capitol Hill: West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, who was elected just last month. Manchin was at a holiday party when the Senate finally passed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal and took one last shot at the DREAM Act immigration bill.

“While he regrets missing the votes, it was a family obligation that he just could not break,” said Manchin spokesperson Sara Payne Scarbro. “However, he has been clear on where he stands on the issues.”

Manchin does not support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell because of concerns about the “the timing and the impact of the repeal's implementation on our front line combat troops during a time of war.” He did not support the DREAM Act because he believed it should have required the completion of a degree.

In contrast, Manchin's colleague, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, elected to stay on the Hill to vote, even though he is set to have surgery for prostate cancer on Monday.

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