Ks. Senator Pat Roberts
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts Tuesday blasted President Obama’s handling of the Ebola crisis, but Roberts missed a hearing last month in Washington on the issue.
Roberts’ Health Committee held a hearing Sept. 16th. It was called, “A Joint Full Committee Hearing: Ebola in West Africa: A global Challenge and Public Health Threat”. Two panels of government health experts testified at the hearing.
Roberts was in Washington that day. He voted on two roll call votes on the Senate floor.
The hearing took place in the weeks after Americans saw the first images if several people wearing anti-contamination suits being hospitalized because they were suspected of having the disease. Roberts’campaign acknowledges he missed the meeting.
Campaign Manager Corry Bliss issued a statement Tuesday.
“Senator Roberts’ staff monitored the hearing, and he was briefed accordingly; however, you don’t need to sit in a hearing room to understand the President’s failure to address the Ebola crisis and protect the American public,” Bliss’ statement read.
Tuesday Roberts also called for the US to ban travel to the United States by West Africans in order to control the spread if the disease in this country.
A third party group, ‘Committee to Elect Independent Senate’, raised the issue of Roberts’ attendance in their first Kansas commercial of the campaign.
The group says Roberts missed 73% of his full committee hearings so far in 2014. It says he missed 58% of his 2013 full committee hearings.
Roberts has seats on several influential committees.
He is the ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committees.
If Republicans take control of the Senate next month, he may become the next chairman of the Senate AG committee
He is also a member of the Senate’s Rules panel; Finance; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. That was the committee that conducted the ebola hearing.