|02-07-2007, 10:08 AM||#1|
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Dmans outrage over this ................
Congressman chooses the links over legislating
Published: Wednesday February 7, 2007
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A golf-crazy congressman recently missed an entire week's worth of House votes in order to play in a charity golf game, according to a story in this morning's edition of Roll Call. The report shows that the work stoppage was one in a long string of instances in which Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) chose the links over legislating.
Ben Pershing writes in today's 'Heard on the Hill' column that Burton missed 19 House votes over four days in order to play in a 'Pro-Am' charity golf game. The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Springs, CA, was played on four golf courses over four days.
Burton has played in the event on several occasions over the years. Pershing reveals that the Indiana Republican even scheduled a 'field hearing' of a House Committee in Los Angeles the same week as the Bob Hope Classic in 2000. Pointing to a report in an Indiana newspaper, the Roll Call article also suggests that Burton may have used campaign funds to pay for the $12,000 entry fee in the charity game.
Pershing's full item can be accessed by subscribers at Roll Call's website. An excerpt is provided below.
And really, why should they? Why should an elected official like Burton have to explain his whereabouts to anyone? So what if he just decided not to go to work for a week? Can’t you do that at your job? How important was it really to vote on stem-cell research funding, the minimum wage or energy policy when he had the chance to play golf with celebrities such as Yogi Berra, George Lopez, Michael Bolton, Huey Lewis and Maury Povich? This whole story is working HOH into a Lou Dobbs-style populist lather.
Anyway, Burton has been playing in the annual Bob Hope event for several years and often has missed House votes to do so. Sometimes, however, Burton has been able to make his tee time without missing any House work.
HOH’s favorite example came in 2000, when Burton, at the time still the chairman of what was then known as the Government Reform Committee, scheduled a panel field hearing in nearby Los Angeles the same week as the Bob Hope event.
The purpose of the hearing — HOH is not making this up — was to study whether Soviet agents had ever hidden secret stashes of weapons in the United States in case World War III broke out. The hearing was definitely NOT an excuse for Burton to fly out to sunny Southern California in the dead of winter on the taxpayers’ dime.
|02-07-2007, 10:00 PM||#2|
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Woo Hoo West Memphis, AR veto travel expense of 10,000 for the council instead it will go to City Hall the heat and air systems are 38 years old, the mayor's office doesn't even have heat going back seven years, and other sad items. I think you can surf the internet for ideas and not go traveling. There must be a city officials blog somewhere.