The Ex-Democratic congressman Brad Ashford is now taking full credit for the existing military advancements in the Middle Eastern Region, as he runs his campaign to win his seat in the House again. However, unfortunately for him, the records show that he missed some critical committee hearings that were linked to the fight against the ISIS in his 2 year stay in the Washington D.C.
Ashford faced a defeat in the elections back in 2016, to Republican Representative Don Bacon, right after his first term of representing Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. He also, in a hurry, launched another campaign to retake the seat and is using his past experience on House Armed Services Committee to disentangle himself from the other Democrats who are aiming for the same seat.
Ashford told Omaha World Herald about the ‘tremendous job’ military is currently doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, which was solely enabled by the work of Armed Services Committee and his presence in it.
The Records, however, revealed a different story, as they show Ashford as a very non-active member of the committee while skipping almost 41 percent of the listed hearings that he was required to attend.
These hearings, which he skipped, included those special ones that were held by the entire committee along with Strategic Forces and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittees that he was a part of.
Among the hearings in which Ashford was not present was a June 2015 hearing which was titled, “The Counterterrorism Strategy Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Are We on the Right Path?” and another September 2016 hearing titled, “15 Years after 9-11: The State of the Fight Against Islamic Terrorism.”
Although the Armed Services Committee does not take any attendance at its hearings, but both, the video and hearing, transcripts are made available to public. A review of these records found that Ashford was absent from 30 of these total 73 hearings that he should have attended during the 114th Congress period.
Representative Bacon, who had replaced Ashford on the committee, has so far missed a total of 5 hearings out of 34 hearings – 14 percent of those he should have attended, as per a similar review.
Another spokesperson for the Armed Services Committee said that committee staff does not keep a track for attendance, publicly or privately, and had also declined to comment on either Ashford or Bacon’s activity in the committee’s work.
Both Ashford and Bacon had traveled to the Middle East as members of the committee.