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Did Intel Chair Turner or HASC Chair Rogers gut Schumer's UAPDA? “I think it’s both," Rep. Courtney says
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Did Intel Chair Turner or HASC Chair Rogers gut Schumer's UAPDA? “I think it’s both," Rep. Courtney says

Ep. 201 — Rep. Joe Courtney (3-6-2024)
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Who?

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) — third most senior Democrat on House Armed Services Committee (HASC)

Ask a Pol asks

Has the issue of UAPs ever come up in HASC?

Key Courtney 

“I mean, it comes up in a general committee during markup — on the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] — but that’s as close as I really, you know, get,” Courtney told Ask a Pol at the US Capitol.

Follow-up  

We’re curious whether it’s HASC Chair Mike Rogers (R-AL) or House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chair Mike Turner (R-OH) who took umbrage with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s UAP amendment to the NDAA last year?

Caught our ear  

“I think it’s both. ‘Cause, I mean, as you know, Navy and Air Force, you know, their pilots are sort of involved. And Intel. because of — its national whatever…”

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), slightly edited for clarity.

TRANSCRIPT: Rep. Joe Courtney

Matt Laslo: “Do you — has it ever come up, the UAP issue or UFOs?”

Joe Courtney: “I mean, it comes up in a general committee during markup — on the NDAA — but that’s as close as I really, you know, get.”

ML: “’Cause that’s where we’re curious whether it’s [HASC] Chair Rogers or [HPSCI] Chair Turner who took umbrage with Sen. Schumer’s UAP amendment?”

JC: “I think it’s both. ‘Cause, I mean, as you know, Navy and Air Force, you know, their pilots are sort of involved. And Intel. because of — its national whatever…”

ML: “But [Rep. Jim] Himes [the top Democrat on House Intel.] says he’s never talked to Turner about it, which might just mean he doesn’t care about the issue…”

JC: “Right.”

ML: “But it’s never been a robust discussion on HASC?”

JC: “Not, not in public.”

ML: “In private?”

JC: “Yeah.”

Courtney laughs as he shakes his head no.

ML: “Have a good one!”

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