Congress on vacation: Read the GAO NBAF report yourself

Hi, kids.

Your dedicated staff is on deadline here at the Current, but I wanted to give you the link to that Government Accountability Office report that criticizes the Department of Homeland Security's decision to relocate a bio-defense research lab to the heartland (that is: to the axis of livestock and tornadoes) so you could study it for yourself. We'll talk about it again next month. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on investigation and oversight didn't take it up last week as expected; they were too busy with health-care reform, but it should be at the top of the agenda when our lawmakers return to work.

You'll recall from last week's post that the Express-News -- which has editorialized more than once in favor of the bio-lab's relocation to SA -- interpreted the GAO's report as another chance for SA to get the project back from evil toy-stealing Kansas, while simultaneously acknowledging that Bexar County appears to be a bigger tornado magnet than the humble Kansas county the NBAF is slated for. Since then, the Current has stumbled across a May 1 E-N editorial that refers to local litigation to overturn the decision as "meritorious" and asks "Is anyone awake in Washington D.C.?" After going on and on about Kansas's terrible tornado problem, it concludes: "We urge the federal court to halt the process and check out the claims in the Texas lawsuit."

It doesn't say, precisely, that SA should have received the NBAF nod instead, but read in the context of their ongoing coverage of the issue, that's the unmistakeable subtext. Maybe they hadn't done their tornado homework yet.

p.s. Why isn't the Congress on staycation like the rest of us?

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