Saturday :: Mar 6, 2004

John McCain Sponsors ANOTHER Investigation into the Bush Administration

by Mary

As Steve reported, John McCain has said he will not let the Iraq Intelligence investigation go quietly into the night despite the wishes of the Bush administration. Bush named McCain to this committee because he knew he had to have at least one credible member if the report was going to be accepted in the country. This was probably a bad gamble on Bush's part.

McCain also has problems with the Bush administration's record on politicizing science. Grist reports that he will be holding hearings next week to look into the charges in the recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The UCS report signed by 60 top scientists, including 20 Nobel prize winners expressed concern about how badly the Bush administration is distorting science.

It's a good thing, then, that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has agreed to schedule an oversight hearing next week in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which he chairs, to investigate concerns about the Bush administration's misuse of science. "The hearing will focus on the Union of Concerned Scientists' report," said Rebecca Hanks, communications director for the committee. Though it hasn't yet been officially announced, it is tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday, she said.

"The hearing may not resolve anything, but it will bring more air time to the UCS report and raise public awareness about our concerns," said David Michaels, one of the signers of the scientists' statement and former assistant secretary for environment, safety, and health at the Department of Energy under Clinton. And public awareness, particularly in an election year, is the most powerful form of checks and balances.

McCain's willingness to actually investigate the Bush record is a welcome sign. Perhaps he can use some of the materials that Representative Waxman has gathered as well. Go get'm, John.

Mary :: 2:45 PM :: Comments (7) :: Digg It!