Congress will spend its last working days hunting for aliens

The OlympianDecember 6, 2013 

Congress only scheduled eight days of actual work during the month of December, which one more day they put in during a grueling (we’re kidding!) November. So, we’re pleased to see that lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are using this time productively.

Take the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology for example. Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas scheduled a hearing Wednesday on the search for aliens. Of course, being an astute federal lawmaker, Smith disguised the topic in very scientific-sounding language, such as “Astrobiology: The Search for Biosignatures in our Solar System and Beyond.”

The search for human life on other habitable planets might someday provide us with an escape hatch when we’ve finished spoiling the environment Earth. So this is a necessary hearing, in the long term.

But aren’t there budget and debt ceiling deadlines coming a little sooner that maybe everyone in Congress should be discussing? We’re just saying.

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