Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement today after she questioned the Secretary of Homeland Security regarding a letter from 5 Members of Congress regarding the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating the American Government:
"Today the Congresswoman asked the Secretary of Homeland Security if there were any specific links between high ranking officials in the State Department and the Muslim Brotherhood. Secretary Napolitano answered with a resounding no!
"Representatives Michele Bachmann (MN-06), Trent Franks (AZ-02), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Tom Rooney (FL-16), and Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) recently sent letters to the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of State demanding answers about what they believe is U.S. government's involvement with a group called the Muslim Brotherhood.
"The letters are full of individual accusations that lead nowhere. Ms. Bachmann put forth more groundless claims that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's long-time aid Huma Abedin had ties to Muslim extremist organizations, and the U.S. federal overnment was being "infiltrated." Collectively, however, Ms. Bachmann and her colleagues' claims do lead to prove two things: purposefully misguided paranoia and a lack of common sense.
"America has entered a dangerous era of mindless political agreement. Never, before this Congress, had so many democratically-elected officials adopted such a senseless "follower" mentality simply because legislation or sentiments were drawn behind party lines. What world do we live in where a person can just say something and it can be taken as fact without any true self-reflection or research into reasonable doubt?
"We are in an era in which politicians' personal politics seem to outweigh the importance of solving the real issues that plague the American people. This is a Congress that voted a United States Attorney General in contempt of Congress for the first time in American history. This is a Congress that has wasted in excess of $50 million on pointless symbolic Republican votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Congress is better than this. America is better than this.
"Instead of participating in contentious political stand-offs in which no one is victorious, we really need to take this time to reflect. We need to be retrospective: not about how far we have fallen, but about how far we have come.
"I still believe in the sanctity of Democracy, and I still believe that the House of Representatives should carry out the duties that it was founded for. We, as Representatives and public servants, are the lucky few who are elected by the people of the United States and trusted to make decisions that will affect and enhance their liberty, rights, and quality of life. This is a responsibility that I have never taken lightly.
"My commitment to this responsibility is why I travel home every weekend to meet with my constituents and ask what I can do to better serve them. Representatives need to stop playing politics, and start devoting themselves to the jobs they were elected to do. There needs to be a return to common sense in Congress, and I intend to lead the movement."