New Report: Sen. Rob Portman Missed 72 Percent of His Homeland Security Hearings

Ohio Democrats Condemn Portman for Prioritizing His Washington Politics at the Expense of Our National Security

COLUMBUSA report from Politico released today reveals that Sen. Rob Portman has missed an alarming 72 percent of his Homeland Security Committee hearings in his first five years in the Senate. From the report:

“Portman’s attendance record on the [Homeland Security Committee] is worse: He’s missed 72 percent of the hearings… POLITICO’s review of the committee attendance records from 2011 to the end of 2015, based on research from Democratic groups, committee transcripts and C-SPAN footage, included hearings and business meetings… Portman, who serves on 12 committees and subcommittees, missed 195 of the 269 hearings POLITICO included in its review.”

In response, today Ohio Democratic Party Executive Director Greg Beswick issued the following statement.

“This is another clear example proving why Senator Portman represents everything Ohioans hate about Washington insiders: Portman is prioritizing his own twisted Beltway politics even at the expense of America’s national security. The sheer volume of Homeland Security hearings that Senator Portman has refused to attend shows a shocking disregard for both his job and for our country’s safety. Senator Portman always finds time to push the agenda of the Washington power brokers and wealthy special interests he serves — but if he can’t be bothered to show up when our national security is on the line, then Senator Portman has no business serving in the U.S. Senate.”

This story comes on the heels of a new report revealing that Sen. Portman is touting his advocacy on behalf of company that sold dangerously defective helmets to the U.S. military, and that Sen. Portman intervened to help the company receive an additional military contract after their helmets were recalled for safety concerns.

This is not the first time Sen. Portman has prioritized his own politics at the expense of America’s national security: Sen. Portman drew heavy criticism for unilaterally negotiating with the Ayatollah of Iran; bragged that the rise of the terrorist organization ISIS would help his polling numbers; and used images of fallen American soldiers in a political advertisement.