SENATOR BURR FAILED TO PARTICIPATE IN NEARLY 93 PERCENT OF ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARINGS – ONLY SPOKE AT SIX OF 84 HELD

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 19th, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Kravitz 

SENATOR BURR FAILED TO PARTICIPATE IN NEARLY 93 PERCENT OF ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARINGS – ONLY SPOKE AT SIX OF 84 HELD

When Senator Burr was first assigned to the Committee, said he’d use it to “benefit military families in North Carolina” – then missed nearly 70 percent of the hearings and key discussions on national security matters

NCDP releases new digital video highlighting that while Senator Burr missed most of his committee hearings, still made time to take nearly 30 special interest-funded trips around the country & world

RALEIGH – Continued analysis of Senator Richard Burr’s Senate Armed Services Committee records confirms he failed to participate in nearly 93 percent of the hearings held during his two years as a member of the committee. Of the 84 hearings held, Senator Burr only attended 26 and then spoke at just six of those hearings – an abysmal participation rate of 7 percent.

Earlier analysis found that Senator Burr missed nearly 70 percent of the hearings and that he skipped out on important national security discussions, including military suicide, emerging threats and Iran.

Senate Armed Services Committee Participation

YEAR/COMMITTEE

TOTAL HEARINGS

TOTAL SPOKE

ABSENT / DIDN’T SPEAK

% ATTENDING / SPEAKING

% NOT ATTENDING / SPEAKING

2009

41

3

38

7.32%

92.68%

2010

43

3

40

6.98%

93.02%

ARMED SERVICES TOTAL: 2009 – 2010

84

6

78

7.14%

92.86%

The North Carolina Democratic Party released a new digital video, “Absent,” highlighting the fact that Senator Burr missed most of his Senate Armed Services Committee hearings committee hearings, but did make time to enjoy nearly 30 special interest-funded trips around the country and the world over the course of his more than 20 years in Washington.

Earlier this week, the North Carolina Democratic Party released a new review of publicly available transcripts of 84 hearings held over the two-year period of 2009-2010, when Senator Burr served as an Armed Services Committee member. The hearings he skipped covered critical national security matters, including:

·      two hearings on emerging threats

·      two hearings on military suicide – even though North Carolina is home to the third largest military population in the United States and;

·      two hearings on Iran and nuclear issues. Senator Burr also skipped as many as four hearings on Russia and seven on Afghanistan.

The analysis follows a series of reports into how Senator Burr has spent his more than 20 years in Washington: increasing his personal wealth by more than 500 percent while he voted against a ban on insider trading by Members of Congress and pushing legislation that would benefit the energy, insurance, and for-profit college industries that have donated millions of dollars to his campaigns.

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The North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) is the North Carolina affiliate of the Democratic Party. NCDP works to elect Democratic public officials, encourages North Carolinians to become involved in Democratic politics, and fights for equality, opportunity and prosperity for all North Carolinians.

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