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:
July 26, 2011:
July 14, 2011:
February 5, 2009:
May 8, 2008:
August 4, 2009:
February 13, 2007:
April 12, 2007:
April 24, 2007:
Dec. 11, 2007:
June 9, 2005:
May 23, 2002:
Aug. 2, 2001:
July 31, 2001:
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.
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