Saturday, May 2, 2009

Working hard in Washington

We all know that our elected officials "work for the voters." They say it all the time.

Here's an example of a hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform on April 30, 2009.

The video of the event shows presenters giving testimony to an empty dais!

So, here's the roll call of our senators working hard for us on this important issue:
Democratic Members
Charles E. Schumer, New York (Chairman)
Gave remarks, conducted the meeting
Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont
Dianne Feinstein, California
Came late, gave remarks, then left
Richard J. Durbin, Illinois
Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island
Ron Wyden, Oregon
Republican Members
John Cornyn, Texas (Ranking Member)
Gave remarks, attend about half the hearing
Charles E. Grassley, Iowa
Jon Kyl, Arizona
Gave remarks, then left
Jeff Sessions, Alabama

Never mind that the hearing was recessed twice so the Senators could go vote on the floor.

I know this hearing was mostly fluff by left-leaning "ringers" poised to tell Schumer what he wanted to hear, but don't you think the committee members ought to be there? Sure, they can read it all later (like reading the stimulus bill), but what about asking questions?

These people don't represent me. They should at least show up.

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