Concord – The Boston Herald reports today that Senator Jeanne Shaheen has skipped nearly half of the public hearings held by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Shaheen, who holds a coveted seat on the committee, missed a crucial hearing in April, 2013 that included one of the first warning about the rise of ISIS in Syria.
“Jeanne Shaheen is an absentee senator who won’t hold town hall meetings in New Hampshire and won’t attend critical Senate committee hearings on national security in Washington. She refuses to think for herself and blindly votes with President Obama 99 percent of the time,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “New Hampshire is an independent state, and it’s sad that Granite Staters are being poorly represented by an Obama puppet and a no-show senator like Jeanne Shaheen. It’s time to replace her with a responsible leader like Scott Brown who will stand up for his constituents and work tirelessly to restore America’s standing in the world.”
In March of 2013, Shaheen’s office issued a press release raising “grave concerns” over reports that Syria had used chemical weapons. On the same day, the Senate Foreign Committee held a hearing on “counterterrorism policies and priorities,” but Shaheen wasn’t “concerned” enough to bother showing up for it.
In July of 2013, Senator Shaheen was one of only two senators to skip a mandatory summit on filibuster reform. After refusing to explain her absence, Shaheen finally admitted that she missed the meeting to attend a Wall Street fundraiser for her campaign.
Additionally, it has been 757 days since Jeanne Shaheen held a town hall meeting with her constituents.