SEPTEMBER 14, 2004 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - After suggesting Congress skip its August recess to focus on the findings of the 9-11 Commission, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor missed five of seven congressional hearings that focused on the commission's findings. Normally, congressional committees don't meet during the August recess, but they decided to meet because of the commission's dire national security warnings.
Pryor spokesman Michael Teague says the senator was not being inconsistent by calling for Congress to remain in session and then not attending many of the meetings. Teague says that when Congress adjourned, dates for the hearings had not been set, so the senator made plans for a mid-August family vacation. Teague said Pryor also missed a meeting while visiting a sick brother-in-law.