Congress is "actively being stonewalled" in its efforts to obtain additional powers to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), also known as UFOs, according to a Republican lawmaker.

On July 26, the House Oversight Committee held a session during which David Grusch, a United States Air Force veteran formerly of the National Reconnaissance Office, said he was aware of "concerning reports from multiple esteemed and credentialed current and former military and intelligence community individuals" regarding the existence of a secret government UAP program. However, Grusch said he lacked the authorization to share classified evidence with the committee, and thus couldn't answer many of their questions.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to establish a select committee with the power to subpoena witnesses. This could also help with acquiring a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF), where Grusch would be able to share more sensitive information.

Reps. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) and Tim Burchett (R-TN), who are leading the charge for a select committee, discussed the difficulties they are facing at an event on UAP hosted by The Hill.

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