Huffman blasts GOP at hearing on parks shutdown

As Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, helped convene a joint committee hearing on why national monuments and parks were shut down (hint: he says it’s not because his party shut down the government!), a freshman lawmaker from the Bay Area took him to task.

“I came to Congress to solve problems. I came to Congress to try to work across the aisle and raise the political discourse in this country, and try to set a better tone. And instead I am taking part in a hearing that makes the McCarthy Era look like the Enlightenment,” said Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael. “The fact that it’s taking place during a government shutdown manufactured for political purposes by my Republican colleagues just makes it even worse. This is worse than fiddling while Rome burns – this is fanning the flames while Rome burns, this is looting and dancing while Rome burns.”

It was a joint hearing of the House committess on Natural Resources (of which Huffman is a member) and Oversight and Government Reform (which Issa chairs).

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Gee, I guess I used a forbidden word in my previous ;post. Can I just say it didn’t take Huffman long to make a horse’s posterior of himself?

    At least he’ll get an A in Dimmiecrat Rhetoric.

  • Rich Ahrens

    Wow, Elwood. Still recovering from the lobotomy?

  • In redistricting the line moved past my house so representation went from the Lynn Woolsey/Jared Huffman district 2 to Mike Thompson’s district 5. I’m glad to see Mr. Huffman saying the strong words that do actually represent the majority of the people of District 2 since I used to be one of them. I wish Mr. Thompson would take a lesson from freshman Mr. Huffman and step up his game.

  • John Gilles

    I love it when stupid people call other people stupid. You should show more respect for your intellectual superiors, Elwood.

  • Sylvia De Rooy

    Thank you, Mr. Huffman, for having the guts and intelligence for telling it like it is. I am grateful to have you as my rep.

  • JohnW

    I watched a CSPAN replay of part of the hearing beating the crap out of the Parks Service management and employees for shutting down the parks, even though the law says that’s what they are supposed to do. Leave the monuments unattended for very long and they will be defaced by graffiti. Leave parking lots and campsites open without the employees, you end up with litter, homeless camps and forest fires. The way Republicans treated these people was disgusting.

  • Elwood

    Thank you John and Rich for the ad hominem!

    Hint: It’s not about me, it’s about Huffman, dummies!

  • RRSenileColumnist

    “Mommy said I can visit Alcatraz as soon as the Congress says Ok. Why don’t they say ok? ” Actual comment of 11yr old in Oakland.