SHAWNEE, KS – Press reports have documented that Sen. Pat Roberts has missed about 65 percent of the hearings of the Senate Agriculture Committee over the past 15 years. Kansans deserve to know what Senator Roberts was doing instead of showing up for work during these hearings.
“Senator Roberts should immediately release his Senate schedule so Kansans can see where he was and what he was doing that was more important than showing up for his job,” said Jim Jonas, campaign manager for Orman For Senate. “Taxpayers have been paying Senator Roberts’ salary, yet he’s shown up for work just a third of time. He should come clean about what he’s been doing instead of showing up for the job we’re paying him to do. We know Senator Roberts wasn’t in Kansas, so what was he doing?”
In their endorsement of Greg Orman for U.S. Senate today, The Hutchison News said of Senator Roberts: “...Roberts' residency in Kansas has been a farce for many years. What's more revealing is the report just this week that since 2000 Roberts has attended barely one-third of Senate Agriculture Committee meetings. This from the senator who calls himself the "father" of key farm legislation.”
Besides skipping out on Agriculture Committee hearings, recent reports also show that he skipped a key hearing on the Ebola Virus last month, and then lied about it to Kansans. Roberts missed a Sept. 16 hearing of the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee on the “Global Challenge and Public Health Threat” of the Ebola virus. Asked about his absence, Senator Roberts flatly lied to Kansans about his reason for missing the hearing during Wednesday’s televised debate.
“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.
But that’s just not true, according to Senate records. Not only was the Senate in session that day – Roberts cast two votes on the Senate floor.
“This is why Senator Roberts is part of the problem in Washington and out of touch with Kansas,” Jonas said. “He lives in Virginia. Why can’t he show up for work and earn the paycheck the taxpayers give him. And since he lied about his reason for missing the Ebola hearing, he’s shown we can’t trust him. Only releasing his full Senate calendars will clear up the questions Kansans have about where he was and what he’s been doing as Senator. Senator Roberts needs to come clean about what he’s been doing in Washington instead of showing up for the job we’re paying him to do.”
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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