Raleigh N&O: “Sen. Richard Burr slammed over 2010 fundraiser that conflicted with military plane hearing”

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Raleigh N&O: “Sen. Richard Burr slammed over 2010 fundraiser that conflicted with military plane hearing”

 

Following reports he missed nearly 70 percent of his Armed Services Committee hearings, N&O reveals he missed hearing on Joint Strike Fighter at the same time as an expensive DC fundraiser

 

RALEIGH, NC – The Raleigh News and Observer reported that at least one of Senator Richard Burr’s many absences from his Armed Services Committee hearings coincided with a fundraiser for his reelection held at the same time. The hearing he missed related to the Joint Strike Fighter program, a program critical to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Eastern North Carolina.

 

Raleigh News & Observer: Sen. Richard Burr slammed over 2010 fundraiser that conflicted with military plane hearing

 

“Burr was scheduled to attend a fundraising luncheon for his re-election campaign at noon on March 11, 2010 – at a time when the Senate Armed Services Committee was meeting on the Joint Strike Fighter program. Senators spent more than two hours during the meeting grilling top Pentagon officials about ballooning costs and other problems with the program, which was developing new military planes.

 

“Burr, a Republican running for re-election, has come under fire recently for missing up to 58 of the 84 Armed Services Committee hearings in 2009 and 2010.…

 

“Neither Watkins nor Burr’s campaign spokesman, Jesse Hunt, responded to questions about whether Burr attended the scheduled fundraiser. According to an event invitation and a POLITICO report, the fundraiser was held at Johnny’s Half Shell, a seafood restaurant a few blocks from the Capitol. Tickets ranged from $500 to $2,000, and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was the ‘special guest.’…

 

“Burr also missed two Armed Services Committee meetings in 2009 when breakfast fundraisers were scheduled on the same morning.”

 

This revelation is the latest in a series about Senator Burr’s absenteeism, which have already shown that he missed nearly 70 percent of his Armed Services Committee hearings, including hearings on Russia, Afghanistan, and military suicides, and he failed to participate in 93 percent of the hearings. Senator Burr’s opponent Deborah Ross and the North Carolina Democratic Party have both called on Senator Burr to release his schedule for those times, so North Carolina residents know what was more important than those hearings.

 

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