Though beefing up border security and cracking down on illegal immigration count themselves pillars of Rep. Paul Broun’s fire and brimstone rhetoric, a new report indicates he’s largely absent from congressional hearings on the matter when in Washington.
Hearing records research conducted by the AJC state the congressman, and GOP Senate hopeful, “missed more than 80 percent” of hearings held by the Border and Maritime Security panel, a spot on which he held for two years.
Of 12 lawmakers who served on the panel from 2011-2012, Broun’s attendance record was the worst.
The research further found he’d missed over 60 percent of hearings featuring the entire Department of Homeland Security committee.
Those attendance numbers, or lack thereof, met a call for explanation from D.A. King, one of Georgia’s most vocal advocates against illegal immigration.
“I would be very interested in an explanation for those absences,” he reportedly stated. “Showing up matters.”
A Broun spox responded by stating that, hearing attendance aside, the congressman is “kept up to date on items of discussion by his staff.” Americans for Legal Immigration head William Gheen stated he’d prefer attendance, but that it’s “not as important to me as where he stands.”