Something Fishy? Only One Hearing in DC

Feb 9, 2010 10:13am

ABC’s Tom Shine reports: The U.S. House of Representatives has canceled its session today “DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.”

Janet Napolitano was supposed to be on the Hill at 3 p.m. testifying before a House subcommittee — CANCELED!

Ray LaHood was scheduled to talk budget on the Senate side, where he would most certainly be asked where Toyota owners should put their cars — his hearing CANCELED!

The Joint Economic Committee was to hold a 10 a.m. hearing on jobs — CANCELED!

But let’s talk carp! At 2 p.m. this afternoon, two hours after the world ends in Washington, D.C., a House subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the Asian Carp — you know – those 4-foot long,100 pound creatures brought into the United States to kill algae which were invading farmed catfish farms back in the 1970′s. Now the carp, which when spawning, can produce between 50,000 and 1 million eggs, and when agitated by loud noises like those that come from boat engines can jump out of rivers and attack boaters, are endangering the Great Lakes. People are worried, and there are several bills in Congress to do something about it.

Apparently the snow will not affect this afternoon’s hearing. From the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Web site comes this notice: “This hearing will be held REGARDLESS of the Federal Government’s operating status.”

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