Hahaha……sorry could not write that without making myself laugh.
Are you shocked? Well sort of….did you know that in 2016 the House of representatives will work 111 days total? And get paid for full time work? Great job if you could get it….and you cannot….you are not wealthy enough.
We have a new Speaker (Yawn)……and nothing will change…….maybe Ryan will get less time in the gym to work on his bod….but beyond that it will be business as usual….boring and worthless.
The House Foreign Affairs and House Homeland Security panels will hold a joint hearing on Wednesday on the “Rise of Radicalism: Growing Terrorist Sanctuaries and the Threat to the U.S. Homeland.” Witnesses include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and former National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen, along with New America Director Peter Bergen.
On Tuesday, the Foreign Affairs Committee’s terrorism panel examines terror financing, with a particular focus on kidnapping and antiquities smuggling. The House passed legislation in June to crack down on looting in Syria, but it is stuck in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The House Armed Services Committee meanwhile holds a hearing Tuesday seeking “Outside Views on the Strategy for Iraq and Syria.” Witnesses include John McLaughlin, former acting director of central intelligence, and former Ambassador to Syria and Iraq Ryan Crocker.
The hearing will shed light on this weekend’s meeting of world powers in Vienna concerning the future of Syria. The United States and other countries with a stake in the war’s outcome agreed on a timetable for a transition government in six months and elections in 18 months…….
Hearings….is that not a performing arts course at university? If you ever watched one of these dramas it is nothing but yahoos performing for the cameras….very little ever comes out of these with the exception of news sound bytes…..
But there is some that have a problem with Obama’s newest announcement of troop deployment…..
In a rare bi-partisan action a group of 35 Congresspeople have decided that there needs to be something done about our newest use of force…..
A bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives have issued an open letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R – WI), calling for a vote on an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS, citing “deepening entanglement” in the conflict by President Obama.
Under the War Powers Act, the president must seek Congressional approval for any overseas military operation within 60 days. The launching of the war against ISIS in summer of 2014 put that vote in the middle of a mid-term election, and most Congressional leaders on both sides simply chose to ignore the law.
The new letter particularly draws attention to the recent White House announcement of ground troops being deployed to Syria, something previous AUMF attempts explicitly ruled out, saying this is a “significant escalation” of the war and proof that Congress needs to at some point vote on the matter.
Though the authors of this letter are in opposition to the ISIS war, some proponents of the war are also seeking an AUMF, believing Congress should at the very least sign off on the matter on offer some guidelines on the scope of the war. At present, however, most of the leadership appears to remain opposed to a vote, and the White House seems comfortable with continuing the war indefinitely without any legal basis at all.
Again a valiant effort or maybe just a part of the play that is now being produced in Washington…..personally this is something that needs attention because I can smell…..”MISSION CREEP”!