Braley Attends Fundraiser Then Blows Off VA Hearing With Secretary Shinseki

DES MOINES – On February 15, 2012 Washington liberal Bruce Braley found time to attend a breakfast fundraiser, yet later that morning he conveniently skipped a Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing with Secretary Eric Shinseki regarding the VA’s budget.

This is a disturbing pattern as on September 20, 2012, Braley attended three fundraisers that day, yet couldn’t make time to attend a Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on performance and accountability at the VA.

“Bruce Braley’s priorities are backwards, as this is the second time he found time for a fundraiser yet didn’t attend a Veterans’ Affairs hearing on the same day,” said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann.  “Braley’s pattern of finding time for his fundraisers, but not important VA hearings speaks volumes about his character. Our veterans deserve better than Bruce Braley.”

BACKGROUND …

On February 15, 2012 Bruce Braley Skipped His VA Hearing But Found Time For A Fundraiser

On February 15, 2012 At 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EST Bruce Braley Attended A Breakfast Fundraiser. From “Machinists Non Partisan Political League: Invite you to a breakfast with Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01).  Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. … Please make checks payable to Braley For Congress.”  (Bruce Braley Fundraising Invitation, Political Party Time, Accessed 09/07/14)

 

On February 15, 2012 From 10:31 AM – 1:22 PM EST Bruce Braley Skipped A Veterans’ Affairs Hearing With Secretary Eric Shinseki.  “The Committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:31 a.m., in Room 334, Cannon House Office Building, Hon. Jeff Miller [Chairman of the Committee] presiding. Present: Representatives Miller, Bilirakis, Roe, Johnson, Runyan, Buerkle, Huelskamp, Turner, Filner, Brown, Reyes, Michaud, Sanchez, McNerney, Donnelly, Walz, Barrow, and Carnahan.  Opening Statement Of Chairman Jeff Miller: The Chairman. Good morning, everybody. This hearing will come to order. Welcome to this morning’s hearing to review the administration’s fiscal year 2013 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Secretary, we all appreciate you being here this morning and bringing your entire team with you as well.” (U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs Budget Request For Fiscal Year 2013, U.S Government Printing Office, 02/15/12, Accessed 09/07/14)     

On September 20, 2012 Bruce Braley Skipped His VA Hearing But Found Time For Three Fundraisers

On September 20, 2012 Bruce Braley Skipped A VA Hearing But Was Able To Attend Three FundraisersAt 10:19 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2012, the committee held a hearing on a backlog of disability claims and reports of problems with mental health care and stewardship of VA funding, congressional records show. The roll call shows Braley didn’t attend. … On the same day, Braley had three fundraisers on his schedule for his re-election to the U.S. House, records from the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation show. He attended all three, campaign aides confirmed to The Des Moines Register.  The one from8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. was a $2,500 breakfast at Johnny’s Half Shell, which serves seafood fresh from the Chesapeake Bay and has a view of the Capitol dome. At noon, Braley went to the D.C. law firm of DLA Piper for a $1,000 per person fundraiser.  The third event, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. was a $2,500 per person reception on K Street, the epicenter of the lobbying industry. (Jennifer Jacobs, Braley under fire for missing VA oversight meetings, The Des Moines Register, 07/23/14)

  • “Over the past couple days, Republicans have sought to ramp up criticism over Braley’s hearing attendance, seizing on a Sept. 20, 2012, VA committee hearing he missed. It occurred the same day as three campaign fundraisers he attended.” (Ed Tibbets, GOP Hits Braley On VA Panel Attendance, The Quad City Times, 07/23/14)

Bruce Braley Skipped 78 Percent Of His Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearings.  “In fact, we found Braley missed 78 percent of the full hearings in 2011 and 2012.”  (FACT CHECK: Iowa GOP claims Braley missed most of Veterans’ Affairs hearings, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, 07/19/14)