SHAWNEE, KS– When a House subcommittee convened a hearing earlier today on short notice about the threats posed by the Ebola virus, two Congressmen running for the Senate left the campaign trail so they could hear first-hand the challenges the deadly virus poses for the U.S.
Senator Roberts skipped a similar hearing in September with many of the same witnesses, even though he was in Washington and voted twice on the Senate floor that day. In a debate last night, Roberts lied to Kansans and claimed the Senate was “out of session” that day.
Businessman and independent Senate candidate Greg Orman called out Roberts being a hearing “no-show” in last night’s debate.
“Senator Roberts has come back and has made some very strong statements about Ebola when he is back in Kansas,” Orman said. “But it just came out the other day that when he was in Washington last month he skipped a hearing on the Ebola virus. And so I think it’s inappropriate to talk tough here and yet when you had an opportunity to do something about it, Senator, you chose to skip the hearing and I think that’s a real problem for Kansans.”
Orman campaign manager Jim Jonas noted that others apparently take their Congressional duties more seriously. Congressmen Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), both in tight Senate races, put campaigning aside to go back to Washington today and take part in a hearing that was called Tuesday.
“This is why Senator Roberts is part of the problem in Washington and out of touch with Kansas,” Jonas said. “Senator Roberts barely shows up for his job, skips hearings on critical issues, and then lies to Kansans about it. Kansans expect Senator Roberts to show up for work and earn the paycheck the taxpayers give him, and if he won’t do that, he ought to give it back.”
In last night’s debate, Roberts lied to voters in saying the Senate was not in session when the Health Education Labor and Pension Committee held its Ebola hearing in September.
“The hearing was held out of session during September and it was held on the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee - nothing of substance came of it,” Roberts said at the debate, after being challenged by Orman for being a no-show.
The Senate was in session and, in fact, Kansas’ junior Senator Jerry Moran was not only there, but an “outspoken participant,” according to press reports.
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