Congressman Bill Flores on WTAWFeatured Stories, News Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
With Congress now out of session, Congressman Bill Flores of Bryan says last week was a busy one.
Flores says one of the most frustrating items of business was a classified briefing about the Middle East.
He says that when they were talking to Secretary Hillary Clinton, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, they would not answer any of Congress’ direct questions.
Flores says they kept repeating that everything is subject to an ongoing F.B.I. investigation.
He says after the meeting, a New York Times reporter asked him what he’d learned, to which he responded, “Two things. One, everything’s classified so I can’t talk about it. Number two, they’re covering their rears.”
Meanwhile, Flores says he’s surprised gas prices aren’t any higher.
Flores, a retired energy company executive, has been monitoring oil prices as tensions continue in the Middle East.
He says there’s a thick military presence of U.S. and U.S. allies in the Straits of Hormuz right now, and in addition, Iran has just announced that they have tested a missile which they can use to fire at U.S. ships.
He says it’s very disconcerting.
Flores says that during the session, Congress also passed several bills, including one to stop the secretary of the interior from trying to shut down coal mining, and one to stop the president’s waivers on welfare to work requirements that were put back in welfare reform in the late nineties.
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