ROBERTS CONTINUES TO LIE ABOUT SENATE ATTENDANCE RECORD CLAIMING HE MISSED SOME MEETINGS TO ATTEND OTHERS

ROBERTS CONTINUES TO LIE ABOUT SENATE ATTENDANCE RECORD CLAIMING HE MISSED SOME MEETINGS TO ATTEND OTHERS

FACT: TWENTY FIVE TIMES WHEN MEETINGS WERE HELD AT SAME TIME ROBERTS SIMPLY SKIPPED BOTH FOR 50 MISSED MEETINGS

FACT: OVERALL ROBERTS HAS SKIPPED 80 MEETINGS HELD ON THE SAME DAY

SHAWNEE, Kan. – Sen. Pat Roberts continues to lie in response to questions about why he has missed as much as 90 percent of his committee work in the Senate, recently claiming on KSNT TV News that sometimes Senate committee meetings are held “at the same time” and he can’t attend both.

While it’s true you can’t be in two places at once, Senate records show that when faced with the choice of which meeting to attend when held at the same time, Roberts skipped both for a total of 50 missed meetings. And even on days when meetings were held a few hours apart – and he should have had time to make at least one of them – Roberts still skipped them both for another 30 missed meetings.

“It’s time Sen. Roberts come clean with Kansans and explain why he's been skipping the job Kansans pay him to do 88% of the time,” Orman for Senate campaign manager Jim Jonas said. “It’s bad enough that he lives in Virginia, rarely visits Kansas, but he can’t even make it into Washington to do the work Kansans pay him for. And when he’s asked where he has been, he keeps lying about it. Kansans deserve to know the truth and Sen. Roberts should release his Senate calendar and explain his whereabouts."

Roberts made his “can’t-be-two-places-at-one-time claim most recently in a “candidate profile” interview with KSNT News First Anchor Cristina Frank, who said the attendance question was prompted by social media questions sent in by her audience.

Frank asked Roberts directly: “Federal records say that you missed two-thirds of Ag Committee meetings, people want to know why.”

Roberts tried to evade the question with a long answer off-the-point answer, but Frank pursued, asking again: “Well, it comes back to the question about the attendance issue, can you explain why you missed those hearings?”

Roberts responded: “Well, I have five committees that I attend, and many times they have those meetings at the same time, but again I have a 97% voting record on the floor of the Senate and I’m working very hard for Kansas values every minute I’m back there.”

But Senate records show that between skipping both meetings held at the same and skipping both meetings held the same day, Roberts has missed a total of 80 meetings. Many times at least one – if not both – of those meetings were on issues important to Kansans. Following are just a few:

Nov. 10, 2011:

  • “Improving Quality, Lowering Costs: The Role of Health Care Delivery System Reform,” before the Health Education Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee.
  • “Unemployment Insurance,” before the Finance Committee.

July 26, 2011:

  • “Building the Ladder of Opportunity: What’s Working to Make the American Dream a Reality For Middle Class Families,” before the HELP Committee.
  • “Revenues and Deficit Reduction,” before the Finance Committee.

July 14, 2011:

  • “Jobs in Rural America,” before the Farm Committee.
  • “Lessons From the Field: Learning From What Works for Employment for Persons With Disabilities,” before the HELP Committee.

February 5, 2009:

  • “Implementing Best Patient Practices,” before the HELP Committee.
  • “Examination of Food Safety,” before the Agriculture Committee.

May 8, 2008:

  • “Cancer Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century,” held before the HELP Committee.
  • “More Work, Less Resources: Social Security Field Offices Struggle to Deliver Service to the Public,” before the Finance Committee.

August 4, 2009:

  • “Protecting Patients From Defective Medical Devices,” before the HELP Committee.
  • “Climate Change,” before the Finance Committee.

February 13, 2007:

  • “The Healthy Families Act: Safeguarding Americans’ Livelihood, Families and Health With Paid Sick Days,” before the HELP Committee.
  • “Rural Development: Challenge and Opportunities” before the Agriculture Committee.

April 12, 2007:

  • “Closing the Gap: Equal Pay for Women Workers,” before the HELP Committee.
  • “Filing Your Taxes: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure,” before the Finance Committee.

April 24, 2007:

  • “NCLB Reauthorization: Modernizing Middle and High School for the 21st Century,” before the HELP Committee.
  • “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Agriculture,” before the Agriculture Committee.

Dec. 11, 2007:

  • “Meeting the Global Challenge of AIDS, TB and Malaria,” before the HELP Committee.
  • “Promoting Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba,” before the Agriculture Committee.

June 9, 2005:

  • “Protecting America’s Pensions From Fraud: Will Your Saving Retire Before You Do?” before the HELP Committee.
  • Nomination before the Agriculture Committee.

May 23, 2002:

  • “America’s Schools: Providing Equal Opportunity or Still Separate and Unequal,” before the HELP Committee.
  • “Disaster Assistance” before the Agriculture Committee.

Aug. 2, 2001:

  • Nomination before the HELP Committee.
  • “Rural Issues With the Farm Bill” before the Agriculture Committee.

July 31, 2001:

  • “Workplace Safety and Asbestos Contamination” before the Health Education Labor and Pension Committee (HELP).
  • “Working Lands for Farm Bill” before the Agriculture Committee.

Sen. Roberts’ attendance at Senate committee hearings has become an issue in this campaign since press reports have documented he missed 70 percent of the Finance Committee hearings, 90 percent of the Health Education Labor and Pension Committee hearings, and 65 percent of the Senate Agriculture Committee hearings.

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.

comments powered by Disqus

Get involved:

Volunteer

Learn About Greg

Donate

Greg on Instagram:

Greg on Twitter:

Greg on Facebook:


It's time we put Kansas on the right road.

Sign up to help bring Common Sense to Washington.