October 26, 2016

Bayh Skipped More Than Three Quarters Of All Armed Service Committee Hearings

Indiana voter are already very familiar with the fact that Bayh abandoned Hoosiers during the last year he spent in the Senate to conduct an extensive job search. Now according to an explosive, new report from BuzzFeed, Bayh didn’t even bother to do his Senate job when he wasn’t focused on getting a new one.

In 2003, a very busy year for the United States military, Bayh joined the Armed Services committee. Yet according to BuzzFeed, Bayh skipped 76% of the Armed Service’s committee meetings:

“But the ambitious senator rarely showed up to hearings of the committee, particularly in the run up to the March 20, 2003, invasion of Iraq. According to attendance data on the committee’s website, Bayh only attended five of the 24 hearings Armed Services held between Jan. 1, 2003, and April 9, 2003, the day Hussein’s statue was toppled in Baghdad. Overall, throughout his career on the committee, the Indiana Democrat would miss roughly 76% of hearings.”

Perhaps the most egregious example of Bayh not doing his job came on the day the United States invaded Iraq. During that morning, the committee held hearings on the 2004 defense bill. Yet Bayh skipped that crucial hearing to attend a breakfast at the Investment Company Institute:

“In fact, on the morning of the invasion, the committee held a hearing on that year’s defense authorization bill, a critical piece of legislation that laid out defense spending priorities for fiscal year. But while Bayh would miss the 9:45 a.m. hearing — where then Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham would testify about his department’s atomic energy defense activities — he did make it to an ‘informal breakfast’ held by the Investment Company Institute earlier that morning.”

Bayh abandoned Indiana when he left the Senate to become a lobbyist. Now we know, through BuzzFeed’s reporting, that he abandoned our military in order to attend breakfasts and fundraises that benefited his political career. If Bayh had any capacity for shame left, he would be too embarrassed to return to the Senate.