On October 3, 2013 – Rep. Jackie Speier of California asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the government shutdown.
There she specifically addressed the issue of the obvious national security ramifications of the shutdown – something the major entertainment based corporate owned media in this country has yet to focus on in any meaningful way for the American public.
“In the House, we have had political theater of a piecemeal approach, where parks and cures for life-threatening diseases are used as rhetorical props. But this approach has done nothing to address the real danger to our national security and how this shutdown hinders our ability to keep Americans safe from terrorists”, she said.
“The government shutdown has furloughed 70 percent of the intelligence community, 70 percent of the civilians in the intelligence community. The Director of National Intelligence called the government shutdown a, quote, “dreamland,” unquote, for enemies that want to steal our Nation’s secrets, and said it “seriously damages our ability to protect the security and safety of this Nation and its citizens.” And with each passing day, he thinks the damage becomes more insidious”, said Rep. Speier (source: Congressional Record: http://thomas.loc.gov).
Rep. Jackie Speier is highly respected within the U.S. House of Representatives and serves as a prominent member on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
She is also the Ranking Member of both the Subcommittee onEnergy Policy, Healthcare, and Entitlements; and the House Armed Services Committee, including a subcommittee that authorizes procurement and R&D programs to ensure that America’s soldiers and airmen are fully equipped to carry out their mission to keep our nation safe.