Barbara Comstock has been campaigning furiously during the first 100 days of the 115th Congress. Here’s some of her greatest hits:
- Issued 43 press releases and staged 86 photo ops
- Took $56,457 from communications industry lobbyists and then voted for SJ Res 34, which strips away your internet privacy protections
- Refused to force release of Trump’s tax returns (by withholding her support for a bipartisan discharge petition in the House)
- Took $135,000 from oil & gas lobbyists and then co-sponsored HR 1756, which forces Interior to conduct offshore leasing near Virginia Beach, threatening the $1.4 billion local tourism industry and thousands of jobs
- Stated on camera that “a lot of Democrats” don’t believe Russia is an enemy of the United States
- Maintained a 100% pro-Trump voting record in Congress, despite the Washington Post’s “calculated hope” that she would not wage “partisan warfare”
- Went on a congressional junket to Egypt for a photo-op with some refugees, while supporting Trump’s Muslim ban at home and leaving her district for an entire congressional Easter recess to avoid meeting her constituents except in carefully staged circumstances
- Co-sponsored HR 321, the vapid and hollow INSPIRE Women Act, which diverts attention from her anti-Planned Parenthood stance by urging NASA to spend money encouraging STEM careers for girls and young women, all while Trump plans to slash the science budget
- Voted for HJ Res. 69, which allows hunters to shoot baby bears and wolf cubs in their dens and allows use of steel jaw leg-hold traps, thereby overturning US Fish and Wildlife Service regulations against these practices
And, although Barbara Comstock is Chair of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology and has a big staff to manage her calendar, she totally missed the March for Science on April 22, 2017. Maybe she was at lunch with KellyAnne, picking up a few new alternative facts.
Make a mental note.