Congressman Lamar Smith is chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. During the seven weeks since the Obamacare roll-out debacle, the SST committee has done nothing. All of a sudden, this morning, Congressman Smith unveils the following piece in Breitbart News:
The rest of the piece is a commendable explanation of security failures in the Obamacare website. Kudos to Lamar Smith for belatedly getting his committee up to speed. But, when the SST committee has been silent for seven weeks, why now?!?
EXCLUSIVE -- MR. PRESIDENT, TEAR DOWN THIS WEBSITE
Many Americans have experienced the ill effects of Obamacare. That’s because the President’s broken promises are piling up. He promised that if you like your health care plan you can keep it. But for millions of Americans, that’s not true.
That's where Matt McCall enters the picture.
Last week, Matt McCall (Smith's GOP Primary challenger) embarrassed Lamar Smith back in the district. Following 2 cancellations at events where they were both scheduled to appear, McCall called out Smith. Less than a week later, a U.S. House committee Smith chairs is holding hearings into Obamacare. The timing is, to put it mildly, suspicious. But better late than never.
Cahnman's Musings has reached out to the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology committee for comment and will update this post if they respond.
Update: We spoke to a staffer on the Science committee about an hour ago. The staffer informed us that plans for this hearing began about ten days after the Obamacare roll-out. It takes 4 -6 weeks for a hearing to happen after staffers begin planning. That's Standard Operating Procedure in Congress. While this is a condemnation of how Congress operates, it looks like Lamar Smith's story checks out on this one.