The House Budget Committee held a hearing today to receive testimony regarding the CBO’s estimate that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars may total $2.4 trillion. Only one Republican member of the committee attended. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) noted their absence:Think Progress » Conservatives too busy for hearing on Iraq war’s cost.
Doggett: “I assume, by Mr. [Paul] Ryan (R-WI) being here, that every member of this panel, including every Republican member on that side of the aisle where all the seats are vacant, received notice about this hearing about the cost of war in Iraq?”
Spratt: “I’m sure they did.”
Doggett: “And when was this notice of the hearing sent out?” Spratt: “Seven days ago, as required by the rules.”
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