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Bachmann Misses Payroll Tax Vote

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven lawmakers missed the House vote that rejected Senate legislation to extend a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for two months.

Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota’s Sixth District and Ron Paul of Texas were campaigning Tuesday for the Republican presidential nomination.

Democrat Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona is recovering from the brain injury she suffered when shot by a gunman.

Republican Howard Coble of North Carolina is hospitalized with a respiratory illness. Texas Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson has a high fever. Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart has a family health issue.

Chief of staff Paul Gage said his boss, Democrat Kurt Schrader of Oregon, decided to stay home.

There was no response from the offices of Florida Republican Vern Buchanan, Massachusetts Democrat John Olver, California Democrat Bob Filner and California Democrat Lynn Woolsey.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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