How It Played: Senator Burr Takes Heat for Skipping Nearly 70 Percent of His Armed Services Hearings

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 21, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Kravitz
 
How It Played: Senator Burr Takes Heat for Skipping Nearly 70 Percent of His Armed Services Hearings
 
“The committee that oversees the military was apparently not to his taste… he skipped 58 out of 84 hearings, for an absentee rate of 69 percent.”
 
“… news reports that Burr has taken a number of trips funded by lobbying groups.”
 
“… calling on Burr to release his full schedule to explain ‘whether he was fundraising with special interests when he missed nearly 70 percent of his Armed Services Committee hearings.’”
 
RALEIGH, N.C.Senator Richard Burr has not answered for why he missed nearly 70 percent of his Armed Services Committee hearings – including ones on critical issues like military suicide and emerging threats – and why he failed to participate in nearly 93 percent of the hearings. In a state with the nation’s third largest military population, he’s rightly feeling the heat.
 
 
“North Carolina Democrats are hitting Sen. Richard Burr (R) in a new video for missing nearly 70 percent of his hearings while serving on the Armed Services Committee….
 
“North Carolina is a military-heavy state, with one of the largest military populations in the country and an economy that depends on military activity…..
 
“The committee that oversees the military was apparently not to his taste, however. He left after 2010, and during his two-year stint, he skipped 58 out of 84 hearings, for an absentee rate of 69 percent.
 
“Among the sessions he took off were hearings on emerging threats, at least two on military suicide, as well as briefings on Iran and nuclear issues. Burr missed numerous hearings on Russia and Afghanistan.
 
Even when Burr was in the hearing chamber, he seldom had anything to add. According to transcripts of meetings, Burr had something to say in just six of them, or in under 10 percent of the hearings.
 
“… he also managed to anger some veterans’ groups by blaming them for not helping veterans well enough.
 
 
“The N.C. Democratic Party is now criticizing Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr for missing Armed Services Committee hearings ….
 
“The Democrats released data this week showing Burr missed up to 58 of the 84 hearings the committee held during the two-year period….
 
“‘Sen. Burr is asking North Carolinians to re-elect him to a job he barely showed up for,’ Democratic Party spokesman Matt Kravitz said in a news release….
 
“The Ross campaign is requesting copies of Burr’s official schedule for the days when he missed meetings….
 
“The Ross campaign is pointing to news reports that Burr has taken a number of trips funded by lobbying groups, and notes that Ross supported the state ethics legislation that required her to publicly disclose her own travel.”
 
 
Now Ross’s campaign is returning with its own demand, calling on Burr to release his full schedule to explain ‘whether he was fundraising with special interests when he missed nearly 70 percent of his Armed Services Committee hearings,’ Helen Hare, a spokeswoman for the Ross campaign said in a statement.”
 
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