The U.S. House Oversight Committee has scheduled a hearing on July 26th to address the issue of UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomenon), also known as UFOs. The hearing will be led by Republican Representatives Anna Paulina Luna, of Florida, and Tim Burchett, of Tennessee.
The agenda and scope of the hearing are not yet clear, but Burchett has indicated that he will be asking tough questions about the government’s handling of the UAP phenomenon.
He tweeted on Monday: “We’re done with the cover-ups.” He also told reporters that he was facing resistance from some of the intelligence agencies and that he wanted more transparency for the public.
“We’re going to have professionals in here and we’re getting blowback from some of the alphabet agencies…I’m sick of government … that does not trust the people,” he said.
The public interest in UAPs has increased recently due to the claims of David Grusch, a former counterintelligence official who says that the U.S. government has concealed evidence of crashed vehicles that are not from Earth.
The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on UAPs on Wednesday, 7/26.
We're done with the cover-ups.
— Rep. Tim Burchett (@RepTimBurchett) July 17, 2023
Grusch’s claims, which were first reported by The Debrief, suggest that there are several secret programs within the government that deal with recovering and studying unidentified flying vehicles.
Grusch says that these programs are hidden within other classified projects and may involve illegal activities. The article cites several former and current government officials who seem to support what Grusch has said.
When asked for comment on Monday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy did not seem to take the upcoming hearing particularly seriously. “I think if we had found a UFO…the Department of Defense would tell us because they would probably want to request more money,” he quipped to a reporter.
John Kirby, a National Security Council communications official for the White House, was less jokey. “We wouldn’t have stood up an organization at the Pentagon to analyze and try to collect and coordinate the way these sightings are reported if we didn’t take it seriously,” Kirby said during a press conference on Monday.