SHAWNEE, Kan. – Sen. Pat Roberts yesterday lied to listeners of radio station KQAM’s show “Answering the Call”, claiming that despite missing 65 percent of the Senate Agriculture Committee hearings and 70 percent of the Finance Committee hearings, he was present on both panels when it mattered for Kansans' farm interests or when important topics like tax reform were considered. A review of Senate committee records show he was not in attendance at a number of important hearings on agriculture and tax reform. This new claim follows an earlier effort by Senator Roberts to lie his way out of trouble for skipping a hearing on Ebola by claiming the Senate was out of session – when he actually cast two votes in the Senate that very day.
“If it involves Kansas and it involves agriculture and a tough decision or an important decision, I’m at the Ag Committee,” Roberts told the host of the radio show on Sunday. “If it involves tax reform, I’m at the Finance Committee.“
In fact, a review of Senate attendance records appears to show just the opposite. Sen. Roberts has actually missed hearing after hearing on topics important to Kansans on both agriculture and tax reform. Those records reveal that Roberts appears to have missed 20 out of 22 hearings that have been held on tax reform during his time on the Finance committee, and he missed numerous important Agriculture Committee hearings.
“Sen. Roberts flat out lied to Kansans when he told them that he was there for key hearings on agriculture and tax reform,” said Orman for Senate Campaign Manager Jim Jonas. “It turns out that lying to the voters about Greg Orman’s record in his false negative attack ads wasn’t enough for Senator Roberts, so now he’s lying about his own failed record and why he’s skipped nearly all of his hearings. Senator Roberts needs to come clean with Kansans, release his calendar, and tell them where he was and what he was doing that was more important than showing up for his job.”
Roberts has frequently mislead voters during this campaign, such as when he claimed that “we passed the farm bill” – a bill he actually voted against. Since joining the Finance Committee in 2007, Roberts appears to have missed 20 of 22 hearings on tax reform, despite claiming to always attend hearings on that issue. In fact, it appears he hasn’t attended a tax reform hearing since 2008. The following is the list of missed hearings on tax reform:
Since 2001, government reports say Roberts has missed important Senate Agriculture Committee hearings on:
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.
For more information about businessman Greg Orman and his Independent campaign for U.S. Senate, please visit the campaign online at www.OrmanForSenate.com. For media inquires, please contact our press office at Press@OrmanForSenate.com or call us at 913-353-5277.
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