Current Congressman and Senatorial hopeful Colin Allred is being criticized for missing a vote on border security legislation, shortly after voting on legislation to send money to Ukraine.

Allred, who won the Democrat nomination last month to face U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in November—was shown as “not voting” during a vote Saturday on the End the Border Catastrophe Act.

Lawmakers voted 215-199 in favor of the legislation but fell short of the two-thirds majority required.

The legislation sought to force the construction of a border wall, end catch and release, reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy, and increase transparency on illegal border crossing from the Department of Homeland Security. 

Allred was present, however, for the $95 billion foreign aid bill for funding to Ukraine and Israel.

Cruz spokesman Sam Cooper blasted Allred for avoiding the vote.

“The border crisis is directly impacting every community in Texas, flooding the Lone Star State with drugs and crime. When Colin had a chance to do something about it, he sat on the sidelines and refused to take a stand,” said Cooper.

“Texans deserve to know his position—and sadly, we already do: He thinks walls are racist and wants to continue Joe Biden’s open border policies. Colin is a radical, who is happy to put the security of other nations ahead of our own.”

As of publishing, Allred’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on why he missed the vote or what his position would be. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens