Thursday, August 6, 2009

Kay missing meetings and votes... gets called out...

The Dallas Morning News is talking about Kay's focus at her dayjob... she just passed a cell phone jamming bill for prisons... but she has been mostly absent on the big issues that Republican primary voters care about (link). Excerpt follows...

WASHINGTON – Legislation to permit law enforcement to jam prisoners' cellphone calls easily cleared a Senate committee on Wednesday, the latest example of how Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has used her seniority to push Texas-centric issues that translate directly to her run for governor.

Yet Hutchison has been absent from the committee's work on two top priorities of Congress: health care legislation and consumer protection. When she recently announced her departure from the Senate in the fall, she said she'd stay in Washington long enough to participate in the health legislation.

Hutchison missed all four Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearings that explored problems with health insurers, including one that showed insurers "purge" small-business beneficiaries if their claims exceed underwriters' expectations.

Hutchison, who became the top Republican on the Commerce Committee last year, also missed three meetings that took on bogus advertising claims and sought to expand the Federal Trade Commission's power over them.

Kay's missed votes have been one of the driving factors that have pushed me away from her over the past few months of blogging. She has missed at least 10 votes of the entire body of the Senate while running for governor, and this is one of my big pet peeves... Kay claims she was busy fighting for us, but she has been checked out of her real job for many months already. She should have resigned back in December...

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