Senator Dan Coats, a Republican representing Indiana in the United States Senate, was rather red-faced on Thursday when he sat before with a panel at the wrong hearing. Sen. Dan Coats believed he was speaking at an appropriations hearing on the defense budget on Wednesday but only confused the other present, according to a Yahoo! News report on Friday.
As Coats posed a question on the topic of the defense budget, and then someone handed him a piece of paper that told him he was at the wrong place. Coats swallowed his pride and announced to those present that he had just received a note saying that he is at the wrong hearing.
Coats thought he was at a meeting of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee. He was wrong. He was actually at a meeting of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.
Coats said that he was in the right room (number) but at the wrong event.
Coats jested, “I think the Russians have been messing with my schedule.” In March, Coats was included on a list of congressional leaders and White House officials who are banned from entering Russia – due to the United States attempt to sanction Russia for annexing Crimea to Russia.
Previously, Coats jokingly said - of the Russian ban – that he was disappointed he would not be able to take his family on vacation to Siberia.