Rep. Alcee Hastings is ready to sacrifice “Star Wars” droid R2-D2 for the good of American workers.
“We’re creating jobs for foreign robots instead of American workers?” the Florida Democrat asked while railing against an Arizona land-exchange bill Tuesday on the House floor. “No offense to R2-D2, but there are American workers who need help,” he continued in what seemed like another never-ending Hastings rant. (My good man, what, pray tell, did R2-D2 ever do to you?)
Hastings called the measure a “profit land giveaway to foreign companies looking to mine copper on American land.” And those foreign companies “are pioneers in developing automated and remote-control mining technologies,” so we do not likey. Or, at least, Hastings doesn’t. Not even the fictional world-famous astromech droid with an impressive résumé as a Hollywood superstar and, we hear, a list of references that include producer George Lucas, composer John Williams and Luke Skywalker himself (Mark Hamill).
HOH is holding out hope that C-3PO will challenge the Congressman to an intergalactic fight for picking on his good buddy.
Just because R2 might be made of metal and is likely battery-powered, doesn’t mean that if you prick him he won’t bleed, at least metaphorically.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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