Ernst Criticizes Braley For Skipping VA Hearings

Joni Ernst Criticizes Congressman Braley For Skipping VA Hearings
It’s Been 902 Says Braley Last Attended A Veterans’ Affairs Hearing

DES MOINES – After skipping 75 percent of the Veterans’ Affairs hearings, Joni Ernst blasted Congressman Braley on “Midterms” for claiming that he missed a VA hearing for an Oversight hearing because he was never seen in his chair and never said a word at that hearing.


“After skipping an important VA hearing, Congressman Braley tried to pull the wool over our eyes by claiming that he was at another hearing – except he was never seen or heard from at that other hearing,” said Republican Party of Iowa spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “With Braley making up false alibis for his missed VA hearings, it’s clear we can’t trust him.”

BACKGROUND …

On September 20, 2012 Congressman Braley Was Dishonest About Why He Skipped A Veterans’ Affairs Hearing

DES MOINES REGISTER: “At 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. Braley’s aides said he skipped it to attend a 9:36 a.m. Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting on the ‘Fast and Furious’ gun trafficking scandal. The congressional record marked Braley “present,” but reveals that he offered no testimony during the three-hour hearing, which ran until 12:45 p.m. Video caught no sight of Braley. His seat isn’t always visible, but the multiple times it’s within camera view during the window the Veterans Affairs committee was in session (10:19 a.m. to 11:54 a.m.), Braley wasn’t seated, a Register review of C-SPAN 3 and committee footage found. Members of Congress can check in as ‘present’ at a hearing, stay for a brief time – sometimes to ask a question – and then leave. Braley didn’t ask a question, the transcript shows.” (Braley Under Fire For Missing VA Oversight Meetings, The Des Moines Register, 07/22/14)


On September 20, 2012 Congressman Braley Attend 3 Fundraisers For Himself


DES MOINES REGISTER:
 “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 from 8:30 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. Atnoon, 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.” (Braley Under Fire For Missing VA Oversight Meetings, The Des Moines Register, 07/22/14)