Congress takes a pass on dealing with Egypt, Obama renders future actions moot 

With the Egyptian protests demanding the personal attention of the President, multiple interviews by the Secretary of State, and the front page of just about every newspaper in the world, Congress has decided to take a pass.

 Both the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations have had no hearings on the subject. When I contacted the Senate Committee they pointed me towards an op-ed released by Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry in the New York Times today. House Committee Chairman Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has also issued two short statements published on their website. But, officially at least, these statement do not reflect the opinion of their respective committees.

Neither committee has scheduled any future meetings on the issue, according to their websites.

UPDATE: It looks like it won’t matter at this point. The New York Times is reporting that President Obama is asking Mubarak not to seek reelection, essentially making moot any hearing that the committees would hold.

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