05/03/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cantor Votes "Present" On Bonus Bill

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor voted "present" on the Democrats' bonus bill last night -- claiming he couldn't vote on the measure because his wife works at a financial institution.

The "present" gave Cantor the convenient opportunity to dodge a potentially damaging "no" vote against a popular measure -- while allowing him to release a statement saying the Barney Frank-sponsored bill represented an unwanted government "intrusion" into private business.

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