The Charlotte Observer is running an AP story today that says:
Over the past three years, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has attended fewer than half the hearings held by the veterans affairs committee where he now serves as the top Republican, an analysis by a North Carolina newspaper shows.
As you may recall, Burr became the ranking member when "embattled" Senator Larry Craig was forced to step aside by his scandal-weary GOP colleagues. As ranking member, Burr
will decide which legislation to support or challenge, propose alternatives to Democratic bills and recommend witnesses for hearings.
True to form, Burr missed his very first meeting as ranking member due to attend a discussion on the Lumbee Tribe of NC in the Indian Affairs Committee. When asked for comment, our esteemed junior Senator said:
"Every day is a choice for us," Burr told the Observer. "We do a very good job of selecting based on the topic."
But don't worry good citizens. Senator Burr may miss legislative hearings and skip out on votes, but that doesn't mean he isn't on top of the issues.
Dennis Cullinan, national legislative director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said Burr still shows that he's engaged with the issues, having attended a reception for veterans last week.
You see? If sharing some hors de'ouvres and a glass of the house Chardonney with some Veterans doesn't say "I Care"...what does?