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In the Twitter age, apparently lawmakers don’t even need to wrap up their hearings before responding to news reports they don’t like, as BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray discovered Wednesday.
Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., spent much of a hearing Wednesday trying to steer the proceeding back to its original intended purpose — evaluating the U.S. cybersecurity budget — rather than what it was turning into, a grilling of Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the National Security Agency director and head of U.S. Cyber Command, about government surveillance programs. Several times, she reminded panelists that the Intelligence Committee has a Thursday briefing planned to discuss surveillance.
More than an hour and a half into the hearing, though, Mikulski interrupted the proceeding for a different purpose: answering a tweet from Gray saying she was “interfering” with an interesting line of questioning. Full story
Trying to slam the unpopular Transportation Security Administration like a linebacker is nothing new, but a GOP report released last week took things a bit far when it initially mistook a disgraced ex-TSA worker for a disgraced ex-NFL star.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn released a scathing report June 4 that listed the arrest records for 50 former TSA employees arrested since 2005 for crimes ranging from bribery to child pornography. The Tennessee Republican said the TSA didn’t use sufficient criminal and background checks for its employees.