SHAWNEE, Kan. (Oct. 27) – Besides skipping out on the vast majority of Senate Agriculture and Health Committee hearings, Sen. Pat Roberts has missed close to 70 percent of the hearings of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, according to a story published Friday in The Hutchinson News.
Since joining the panel in 2007, Sen. Roberts has attended just 83 of the 261 hearings, including panels on the U.S. tax code, tax reform and energy policy, health care costs, the budget, tax overhaul, tax fraud and identity theft, trade with Russia, climate change, border security, Social Security, and Medicare physician payments, according to the paper.
Sen. Roberts did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment, and offered no explanation for why he has missed so many hearings.
Besides the Finance Committee, previous news reports have documented that Sen. Roberts has also missed 65 percent of the Senate Agriculture Committee hearings and nearly 90 percent of the hearings of the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee.
“Senator Roberts lives in Virginia, barely visits Kansas, and has failed to show up and do the job in Washington that the people of Kansas are paying him to do,” Orman for Senate campaign manager Jim Jonas said. “Senator Roberts needs to come clean and explain why he barely ever shows up for the job we’re paying him to do. He should release his calendar and show us what he’s been doing instead of showing up for the job taxpayers pay him to do.”
Hundreds of Kansans have signed a petition calling on Senator Roberts to release his schedule and show where he has been instead of the committee hearings he was supposed to have attended.
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