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Senators get away with shirking

Published: Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Senators get away with shirking

On a recent Thursday, each and every one of the eight Republican members of the Senate Committee for Environment and Public Works refused to do their jobs. They failed to attend the confirmation hearing for EPA nominee Gina McCarthy and delayed a confirmation vote despite having received answers to more than 1,000 questions they submitted to the nominee.

This is unacceptable. We need Ohio’s senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, to call on the Republican Senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee to do their job.

I do my job every day and if I decide just not to show up, you bet I’ll hear from my employer. It is egregious that our politicians think that they have the right to do whatever they want. Their job is to serve the American people regardless of party and to conduct their duties in a bipartisan effort.

This affects us directly in this area because the EPA is very involved in the fracking and oil drilling. Many people are waiting on permits and paperwork to be completed in order for rigs in this area to be constructed.

If you have a minute or two to call or email your senators, let them know that these senators who think they do not have to do their job is completely unacceptable and childish. They have a job to do and we are counting on them. If I was Donald Trump I would say to them, “You’re fired.”

William D. Dinsio III, Salem


1James_S(268 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

You're one small voice crying in the wilderness. They're all in it for themselves and not we the people. Their masters, who own them, are the ones who decide whether they are doing their jobs or not. Don't expect anything except more tyranny from the masters who own our government and their lackeys- our politicians who are in their masters hip pocket.

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2redeye1(5109 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

James You are absolutely correct. Its time for REAL reform with our Gov't. First thing Term limits, Once you serve your time in one office, you won't be able to jump to another office in Gov;'t. Their pay should be set by the public along with their hours of work. If they don't like it they can leave . It's that simple!!!!!!! This way we would have fresh new ideas every few years .

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3Jerry(638 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

William - On the point that the Senators should have showed up to a scheduled committee meeting, I agree with you (assuming this was a properly scheduled meeting).

One question for you and those in the Vindicator audience who would also agree with you:

How did you feel about all the Democrat members of the Wisconsin State Legislature who failed to show up for weeks at a time, and even left the state, back in 2011, because they did not want a piece of Republican legislation to get called to a vote? Do you agree that the people of Wisconsin had a right to be equally outraged by their bad behavior? Do you concur that every Democrat in that legislature deserved to be "fired"?

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4redeye1(5109 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Jerry i totally agree with your post. if i had lived in Wisconsin I would have done everything in my power to get those politicans thrown out. That is exactly what i'm talking about too. I don't care what party they belong to they should have been thrown out.

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