W.Va. Sen Manchin Apologizes For Sat. Vote No-Show

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he made clear his opposition to a pair of measures voted on over the weekend before missing those roll calls.

The West Virginia Democrat said he spoke in advance with the lead sponsors of both measure. One addressed illegal immigration, and it failed. The Senate passed the repeal of the military's ban on gays serving openly.

Manchin caught criticism for missing those votes just one month after taking office.

He told reporters Tuesday that he had made a commitment to see his grandchildren at a family holiday gathering. He said the Saturday event was not a party. But he also said that he and his family will make adjustments to avoid a repeat of the episode.

Manchin said he's heard from constituents about the missed votes.

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