With Seven Working Days Left, Congress Finally Tackles “Undocumented Aliens”

aliensIt’s an issue that’s been a topic of debate for millions of Americans for decades.  And while there’s no shortage of opinions about who’s right and who’s wrong, it seems most of us have an opinion.

Finally, it seems House Republicans are ready to take the situation seriously and debate the issue — “Do aliens exist on other planets?”

Oh, wait — did you think I meant they were going to finally tackle the issue of sensible immigration reform that’s been long overdue in this country?  You’re kidding, right?  This Congress?

Sorry to disappoint.

The Committee on Science, Space and Technology, chaired by Texas Representative Lamar Smith (a Republican), met for two hours yesterday to, “investigate what methods are being used to determine if any of these planets may harbor life.

It’s a good thing that’s such a pressing issue currently facing this country.  And while I’m a huge fan of science, and I appreciate the importance of understanding life outside of this planet, I just can’t see this as being a “top priority” with only seven working days left for the first session of the 113th Congress.

It’s really ironic that a Republican is chairing a science committee considering how often the GOP rejects proven science.  You know, those “myths” like climate change, evolution and the Earth being over 4 billion years old.

Call me crazy, but maybe the House should just hold a straight up or down vote on the bipartisan immigration bill the Senate sent to them months ago.  It wouldn’t take up two hours, and at the end of that vote (as soon as President Obama signed it) the United States would finally have sensible immigration reform.

But then again, that would require this Congress to actually do something.  Well, something more than waste much of one of their last seven days discussing alien life on other planets, accomplishing absolutely nothing in the process.

Wait, I’m being a little harsh on House Republicans.  They have done something.  They’ve managed to hold over forty unsuccessful and pointless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

I just hope that come November of next year the American people finally speak up, get out and vote.  It’s time to put an end to the death grip Republicans have had on this country for years.

Because I promise you this — if Republicans have any kind of power in Congress following next November’s elections, we might as well just forget about anything getting done until 2017 at the earliest.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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