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.”