With the advent of the baseball hearings, increasing numbers of Harvard students seem to be concerned with the actions of Congress. However, their responses seemed to fit into one of two groups:
"We will issue a subpoena which will require hospice administrators and attending physicians to preserve nutrition and hydration for Terri Schiavo to allow Congress to fully understand the procedures and practices that are currently keeping her alive," said a statement at 1 a.m. by the House speaker, J. Dennis Hastert; the majority leader, Tom DeLay of Texas; and the chairman of the Government Reform Committee, Thomas M. Davis III of Virginia. "The subpoena will be joined by a Senate investigation as well," the statement said.
"This inquiry should give hope to Terri, her parents and friends, and the millions of people throughout the world who are praying for her safety," it added. "This fight is not over."
The issue of jurisdiction is easily resolved. The Government Reform Committee is the principal investigative committee in the House. Under the rules of the House, ï¿½[T]he Committee on Government Reform may at any time conduct investigations of any matter . . . .ï¿½ The House has given the Government Reform Committee this broad oversight jurisdiction so that the Committee can make ï¿½findings and recommendations . . . available to any other standing committee having jurisdiction over the matter involved.ï¿½
I just hope the Committee on Government Reform does not decide to subpoena me. Based on their recent track record, they will probably ask me to come in sometime between May 19 and May 27.