No Legislation Or Hard Work, Please. We're The 110th Congress.
By Pejman Yousefzadeh Posted in Congress — Comments (4) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
You know, it's one thing to disagree with certain proposed legislation. It's quite another to pull this stunt:
House Democrats canceled Tuesday's planned hearing with Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, prompting a rebuke from Republicans who want Congress to proceed quickly on updating a key surveillance law.
The cancellation of the hearing comes amid an uproar in Congress over Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's perceived lack of candor about a warrantless surveillance program and the Bush administration's insistence that reform of the court process governing the eavesdropping program is needed in the face of a heightened terrorist threat.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent out notice of the hearing's cancellation late Monday, noting that it had been postponed until after the August congressional recess.
The move prompted howls from House Republicans, who echoed administration assertions that the legislation to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, the legal authority for the eavesdropping program, is needed before the August recess because of its critical importance to U.S. national security.
"McConnell has even offered to conduct a FISA briefing for all members on this urgent priority," said one House GOP leadership release. "Do House Democratic leaders intend to take DNI McConnell up on his offer, or are they simply unwilling to allow DNI McConnell to air these concerns in public?"
There have been an awful lot of complaints concerning the summer vacation that Iraqi parliamentarians are going to take--the challenges their country faces notwithstanding. I agree with those who believe that a vacation on the part of the Iraqi MPs is ill-advised at this time, but if that vacation is going to be taken, I imagine that the MPs might just find themselves at the same resort as certain members of the 110th Congress.