CMD superman logo.jpg SourceWatch, a project of the Center for Media and Democracy,

depends on donations from people like you!

Click here to make a tax-deductable contribution.

Pat Roberts

From SourceWatch
Revision as of 16:42, 8 January 2011 by Stansand (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ←Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision→ (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
This is a profile of a U.S. senator. (See all the Kansas portal for all incumbents, candidates and blogs.)
Kansas state flag.png

Things you can do:

Pat Roberts currently serves as the Sr. Senator for Kansas

Charles Patrick Roberts, a Republican, has been a U.S. Senator for Kansas since 1997. Republican Jerry Moran is the junior senator for the state.(map) [1] [2]

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Pat Roberts voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Roberts voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Roberts "Fixed" Iraq Intelligence

"Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush issued an order [aimed at protecting 'military security' and 'sensitive law enforcement'] to the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Department, and his cabinet members that severely curtailed intelligence oversight by restricting classified information to just eight members of Congress," Larisa Alexandrovna reported for The Raw Story, August 11, 2005.

"'The only Members of Congress whom you or your expressly designated officers may brief regarding classified or sensitive law enforcement information,' he writes, 'are the Speaker of the House, the House Minority Leader, the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, and the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Intelligence Committees in the House and Senate.'"

However, Alexandrovna added, "what was said to be an effort to protect the United States became a tool by which the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Pat Roberts (R-KS) ensured there was no serious investigation into how the administration fixed the intelligence that took the United States to war in Iraq or the fabricated documents used as evidence to do so."

See the The Raw Story Timeline: "Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) Helps to Fix the Intel" by Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane.

On another note, on August 3rd, 2006, Roberts criticized the White House for classifying parts of a document about the Iraqi war. The document talked about the role of Iraqi exiles. Robets believes that the Bush administration kept parts of the report secret to help support the war in Iraq and the fight against Saddam Hussein. He released the following statement:

“I have been disappointed by this administration’s unwillingness to declassify material contained in these reports, material which I believe better informs the public, but that does not — I repeat, does not — jeopardize intelligence operations, sources and methods, This Committee will not settle for anything less, Neither will the American people.”[1]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Oil record

Pat Roberts has voted in favor of big oil companies on 100% of important oil-related bills, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq War funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and oil import reductions. [3] See below for oil money in politics.

Bio

Background

Roberts was born April 20, 1936 inTopeka, Kansas. He earned his B.A. in journalism from Kansas State University in 1958. Roberts served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a captain from 1958-62. He was a reporter and editor for several Arizona newspapers before joining the staff of Republican Kansas Senator Frank Carlson in 1967.

Senate career

Roberts was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1980, serving eight terms until 1997. Following the retirement of Senator Nancy Kassebaum, he was elected to the Senate in 1996 and re-elected in 2002.

In addition to his chairmanship on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Roberts is a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, chairing the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. This subcommittee oversees the military's contribution to homeland security and the efforts to prevent proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

Positions and views

In August 2004, Roberts proposed legislation to dismantle the CIA and establish a national intelligence director with far-reaching powers, including authority over budget and personnel decisions.

As chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Roberts played a key role in investigating intelligence failures leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The first half of the Senate Report of Pre-war Intelligence on Iraq was released on July 9, 2004. At that time, Roberts said about the second half of the report, "It is one of my top priorities." However, after the 2004 election, he stated "To go through that exercise, it seems to me, in a post-election environment — we didn't see how we could do that and achieve any possible progress. I think everybody pretty well gets it." Critics have argued that a comparison between pre-war intelligence and the pre-war statements made by senior Bush administration officials may have been damaging to the Bush administration, and that this half of the report was halted to protect those officials.

He is known as an advocate on national security and defense, agriculture, health care, education, free and fair trade policies, and increased investment in science and technology.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00005285&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Pat Roberts
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Oil money in politics

Pat Roberts has received $115,650 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $65,500 of those dollars were from industry PACS. [4] In total, Roberts has accepted $199,650 from oil companies since 2000, which makes him one of the top recipients of oil money in the United States Senate. [5] See above for oil and energy voting record.

Committees and affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and caucuses

  • Founding Member, Bipartisan Caucus on Unfunded Mandates, 1994-Present
  • Founding Member, Bipartisan Rural Health Care Coalition, 1991-Present
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption
  • National Republican Congressional Committee
  • Senate Centrist Coalition

Boards and other affiliations

More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Pat Roberts. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
109 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1605
Phone: 202-224-4774
Fax: 202-224-3514
Web Email
Website

District Office- Topeka:
Frank Carlson Federal Building, Room 392
444 SE Quincy
Topeka, KS 66683
Phone: 785-295-2745
Fax: 785-235-3665

District Office- Dodge City:
100 Military Plaza, PO Box 550
Dodge City, KS 67801
Phone: 620-227-2244
Fax: 620-227-2264

District Office- Overland Park:
11900 College Boulevard, Suite 203
Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone: 913-451-9343
Fax: 913-451-9446

District Office- Wichita:
155 North Market Street, Suite 120
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: 316-263-0416
Fax: 316-263-0273

Articles and resources

Resources

References

  1. Pat Roberts profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Jerry Moran profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  3. Vote Tracker
  4. Follow the Oil Money
  5. Vote Tracker

Related SourceWatch articles

Articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Committees,
Ranking Member On:

Caucuses:
Committees:
110th Congress
Leadership Position:
None
Committees Chaired:
Committees,
Ranking Member On:

Caucuses:
Founding Member of the Bipartisan Caucus on Unfunded Mandates from 1994-Present, Founding Member of the Bipartisan Rural Health Care Coalition from 1991-Present, Congressional Coalition on Adoption, National Republican Congressional Committee, Senate Centrist Coalition
Committees: Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing Inspection and Plant and Animal Health, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Production Income Protection and Price Support, Senate Select Committee on Ethics, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Health Care, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Taxation IRS Oversight and Long-Term Growth, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Children and Families, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 1996
First Took Current Office:
January 7, 1997
Next Election:
November 4, 2014
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
U.S. House of Representatives
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. Frank Carlson Federal Building, Room 392, 444 SE Quincy, Topeka, KS 66683
Phone: 785-295-2745 / Fax: 785-235-3665
2. 100 Military Plaza, PO Box 550, Dodge City, KS 67801
Phone: 620-227-2244 / Fax: 620-227-2264
3. 11900 College Boulevard, Suite 203, Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone: 913-451-9343 / Fax: 913-451-9446
4. 155 North Market Street, Suite 120, Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: 316-263-0416 / Fax: 316-263-0273



Campaign Contact:

Website:
Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1.
Phone: / Fax:



Zip Code Affiliations:
Misc:

Date of Birth: April 20, 1936