As President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill tonight for his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, both parties fully expect him to again sound the call for action on a repeal of the Obama health law, though GOP lawmakers in Congress admit they still don’t have an internal agreement on how best to replace the Obama health law.
Back from a ten day break, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening easily approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, but Democrats again made clear they would not allow swift action on several other Trump Cabinet nominees, as Republicans again protested the extended delays.
The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the Best Picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mix-up was actually about him.
In an at times contentious hearing, military and law enforcement officials acknowledged that a small helicopter was too small to be detected by radar and other security assets as it flew to the nation’s capital and ultimately landed it on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
“This is not good,” said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), who said it reminded him of how the U.S. was not vigilant enough before the Nine Eleven terrorist attacks.
“I get the sense that we are behind the curve again,” Lynch said at a hearing of the House Oversight Committee.
Witnesses told lawmakers that the gyrocopter was too small, so it didn’t show up on radar like a small plane would.
“It actually had much more in common with a weather system,” said FAA chief Michael Huerta, who said a review showed the gyrocopter appeared as an “unidentified radar element.”
“But the dot appeared only intermittently,” Huerta said, relating the findings of a full review of radar data on how the gyrocopter flew from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to the U.S. Capitol.
The answers did not please lawmakers of either party.
“If the gentleman (Hughes) had wanted to, he could have crashed into the Capitol,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC).
“This knucklehead with a gyrocopter could easily have been a terrorist,” said Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA).
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.