Senator McCain Slams Congressman Braley For Dereliction Of Duty

Braley Skipped 75 Percent Of The Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearings

DES MOINES – During his visit to Iowa yesterday, Senator John McCain slammed Congressman Bruce Braley for skipping 75 percent of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

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SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN: “Frankly her opponent [Congressman Bruce Braley] who was a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee didn’t even show up to the hearings. That my friends is something that in my view, that some of us use to call dereliction of duty, dereliction of duty.” (Senator John McCain, Speech, 10/29/14)

BACKGROUND …

RADIO IOWA’S KAY HENDERSON: “Braley did a very short turn on the Veterans Committee in the House, and he failed to attend all those meetings. Here he is facing someone who has a military career. Not really gold star attendance record at the Veterans’ Committee” (O. Kay Henderson, Midterms, 10/26/14)

THE DES MOINES REGISTER: “Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley missed 75 percent of meetings for a committee that provides oversight over the Veterans Administration, including one meeting on a day he attended three fundraisers for his 2012 campaign.” (Braley Under Fire For Missing VA Oversight Meetings, Des Moines Register, 07/21/14)

THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER: “This also gives him the second-lowest attendance record for the committee, according to a Washington Examiner analysis of committee minutes. Only Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., had a worse attendance record (at 16 percent). The average attendance rate for the committee was 60 percent, and just 15 of the 24 members had attendance rates above 50 percent.” (Ashe Schow, Bruce Braley Missed 79 Percent Of Full Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearings As Scandal Heated Up, The Washington Examiner, 07/22/14)