SENATOR BURR SKIPPED HEARINGS ON EMERGING THREATS, MILITARY SUICIDE & IRAN

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

CONTACT: Matt Kravitz

SENATOR BURR SKIPPED HEARINGS ON EMERGING THREATS, MILITARY SUICIDE & IRAN

Absent from nearly 70 percent of hearings held during his membership of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Burrmissed key discussions of critical national security matters

Just days after stumbling over questions on Russia in last week’s debate, records show Senator Burr didn’t show up to four hearings on Russia

RALEIGH – Following new analysis that Senator Richard Burr missed nearly 70 percent of hearings held during his membership of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a closer look reveals that he skipped hearings on key national security topics, including emerging threats, military suicide and Iran. The records also show that Senator Burr was absent from as many as four hearings on Russia – a topic he struggled with in last week’s debate.

Transcripts from the 58 hearings Senator Burr skipped show that in shirking his responsibilities, Senator Burr missed 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.

Burr Missed Two Hearings on Military Suicide

DATE

HEARING

3/18/2009

The Incidence Of Suicides Of United States Servicemembers And Initiatives Within The Department Of Defense To Prevent Military Suicides

6/22/2010

The Progress In Preventing Military Suicides And Challenges In Detection And Care Of The Invisible Wounds Of War

Burr Missed at Least Two Hearings on Emerging Threats

DATE

HEARING

3/10/2009

Current And Future Worldwide Threats To The National Security Of The United States

3/10/2010

U.S. Government Efforts To Counter Violent Extremism

Burr Missed Two Hearings on Iran and Nuclear Issues

DATE

HEARING

4/14/2010

U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic Republic of Iran

4/22/2010

Nuclear Posture Review

Burr Missed Four Hearings on the START Treaty with Russia

DATE

HEARING

7/15/2010

NEW START

7/20/2010

NEW START

7/27/2010

NEW START

7/29/2010

NEW START

Burr Missed Seven Hearings on Afghanistan

DATE

HEARING

2/26/2009

Strategic Options For The Way Ahead In Afghanistan And Pakistan

3/10/2009

Current And Future Worldwide Threats To The National Security Of The United States

4/1/2009

United States Policy Toward Afghanistan And Pakistan

12/8/2009

Continue To Receive Testimony On Afghanistan

2/22/2010

Briefing On Operation Moshtarak In Helmand Province, Afghanistan

6/15/2010

The Situation In Afghanistan

6/16/2010

The Situation In Afghanistan

“The news that Senator Burr missed nearly 70 percent of Armed Services Committee hearings is worse when you start to realize the topics covered,” said Matt Kravitz, North Carolina Democratic Party Press Secretary. “Despite the fact that North Carolina is home to more than 100,000 active duty military personnel and that we’re the third largest military population in the country, he missed key discussions on military suicide. It’s unfortunate that over the last 20-plus years, Senator Burr figured out how to make Washington work for him but couldn’t be bothered to work for the people he was elected to serve, especially North Carolina’s servicemembers and veterans.”

The North Carolina Democratic Party released a review of publicly available transcripts of 84 hearings held over the two-year period of 2009-2010, whenSenator Burr served as an Armed Services Committee member. Yesterday, NCDP revealed new analysis showing that he only appeared in transcripts for 26 of those hearings, meaning he was absent from nearly 70 percent of those hearings. The review excluded closed committee hearings since their content is not publicly available.

The new analysis follows a series of reports into how Senator Burr has spent his more than 20 years in Washington, including how his personal wealth increased by more than 500 percent while he voted against a ban on insider trading by Members of Congress and pushed legislation that would benefit the energy, insurance, and for-profit college industries that have donated millions of dollars to his campaigns. Senator Burr also made headlines for insulting veterans’ groups in the midst of the VA crisis, which earned a swift response from the Paralyzed Veterans of America, who told Senator Burr he“clearly represent[ed] the worst of politics in this country.”

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