Ohio Service Members Condemn Sen. Portman for Missing 72 Percent of His National Security Hearings

COLUMBUS — In response to a new report revealing that Sen. Rob Portman missed an alarming 72 percent of his Homeland Security Committee hearings during his time in the Senate, Ohio service members and veterans are condemning Portman for his failure to prioritize Ohioans and America’s national security.

State Rep. and former Congressman John Boccieri is a decorated Lieutenant Colonel, Air Force Reserve C-130 Instructor Pilot. He was deployed multiple times in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Boccieri issued the following statement:

“It is extremely disappointing that Senator Portman didn’t take his duties on the Homeland Security Committee seriously. Can you imagine a TSA officer absent from his post or a soldier who didn’t report for duty 72 percent of the time? How secure would our nation be? We need to ask the same question to our Senator — how secure are we with Rob Portman in the United States Senate? I would like to ask him, what was so important that you missed 195 Homeland Security meetings, with all of the threats America faces?”

Paul Worley is a decorated U.S. Army veteran and Adams County Commissioner. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Worley issued the following statement:

“Senator Portman’s routine failure to show up for meetings when America’s national security is at stake is appalling. Our brave service members and the American people are counting on him to do his job, and Senator Portman has let us down. He has lost touch with the people he was elected to represent. Freedom requires constant vigilance, and we can’t afford Senator Portman putting his own interests above the fight against terrorism and extremists.”

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.”