Matsui Demands Greater Committee Oversight of the Family Separation Crisis

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Matsui (D-CA) joined with her Democratic colleagues at an Energy & Commerce Full Committee markup in calling on the Committee majority leadership to allow for further Committee oversight of the family separation crisis.

During the markup, the Congresswoman said, “Congress has a responsibility to hold the President and his Administration accountable for this disaster. And let me just say this. There were times in this country when Congress did not step up, did not have hearings, and did not take action or even listen. My parents were interned in a Japanese-American internment camp. My father once said, he believed that would not have happened if people in Congress stood up and said this was wrong, we cannot let this happen. Now, this is not quite the same thing, but I will say this: we owe a responsibility. The government did this. We have to find out why and where the children are going to be. That’s up to us as Congress.”

Congresswoman Matsui also called for the passage of H. Res. 982, which would require the Trump Administration to provide documents on the health and wellbeing of the children who have been forcibly separated from their families at the border.