The Corner

GOP: 900 Days Since Bruce Braley’s Last Veterans Affairs Hearing

Representative Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) hasn’t attended a Veterans Affairs Committee hearing in over 900 days, and Iowa Republicans launched a new website to make sure voters know it.

“Why would anyone trust Congressman Braley to fight for our veterans, when it’s been years since he last attended a Veterans’ Affairs hearing?” state party spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in a statement on the launch of

The website reminds voters that he attended campaign fundraisers on the same day that he missed a hearing on disability backlogs.

“At 10:19 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2012, the committee held a hearing on a backlog of disability claims and reports of problems with mental health care and stewardship of VA funding, congressional records show,” the Des Moines Register reported. “On the same day, Braley had three fundraisers on his schedule for his re-election to the U.S. House, records from the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation show. He attended all three, campaign aides confirmed to The Des Moines Register. The one from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. was a $2,500 breakfast at Johnny’s Half Shell, which serves seafood fresh from the Chesapeake Bay and has a view of the Capitol dome. At noon, Braley went to the D.C. law firm of DLA Piper for a $1,000 per person fundraiser. The third event, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. was a $2,500 per person reception on K Street, the epicenter of the lobbying industry.”

Republican Senate nominee Joni Ernst, a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard, has been hammering Braley for his VA hearing absences and votes on funding for military operations in Iraq.

“Twice, he voted to defund our troops as they were serving in combat, leaving our service-members vulnerable if that had passed,” Ernst said in a recent stump speech. “He will try and deny it now, but what he was doing was putting politics ahead of our men and women in uniform, and that is absolutely not acceptable.”

Most Popular


Cold Brew’s Insidious Hegemony

Soon, many parts of the United States will be unbearably hot. Texans and Arizonans will be able to bake cookies on their car dashboards; the garbage on the streets of New York will be especially pungent; Washington will not only figuratively be a swamp. And all across America, coffee consumers will turn their ... Read More
National Security & Defense

The Warmonger Canard

Whatever the opposite of a rush to war is — a crawl to peace, maybe — America is in the middle of one. Since May 5, when John Bolton announced the accelerated deployment of the Abraham Lincoln carrier group to the Persian Gulf in response to intelligence of a possible Iranian attack, the press has been aflame ... Read More

Australia’s Voters Reject Leftist Ideas

Hell hath no fury greater than left-wingers who lose an election in a surprise upset. Think Brexit in 2016. Think Trump’s victory the same year. Now add Australia. Conservative prime minister Scott Morrison shocked pollsters and pundits alike with his victory on Saturday, and the reaction has been brutal ... Read More
NR Webathon

We’ve Had Bill Barr’s Back

One of the more dismaying features of the national political debate lately is how casually and cynically Attorney General Bill Barr has been smeared. He is routinely compared to Roy Cohn on a cable-TV program that prides itself on assembling the most thoughtful and plugged-in political analysts and ... Read More