With Congress’s August recess (ehem, “district work period”) only a week or so away, the last few remaining days of session are always incredibly busy around the Capitol – and this week was certainly no exception.
Thankfully, though, thanks to the help and support of U.S. Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Dan Boren (D-Okla.) – co-chairs of the Natural Gas Caucus — EID was able to secure a spot on an otherwise packed congressional agenda to screen “Truthland” at the Capitol Visitors Center on Wednesday.
Shelly herself came down for the day, and so did several well-known experts whom she interviewed in the film. And wouldn’t you know it? The event itself almost didn’t happen: initially because of some early resistance from the staff of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a co-sponsor of the anti-FRAC Act; and on the day of, the CVC apparently scheduled us in a room that doesn’t even exist. However, thanks to one of Rep. Murphy’s top staffers, this setback was surmounted as well and the co-chairs and EID worked frantically to inform the media and congressional staff of the correct location.
As for the event itself: couldn’t have gone better. More than 40 Capitol Hill staffers joined Shelly and crew for the screening, filling the room we were (eventually) assigned to capacity. Among the attendees were legislative staff from member offices representing Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, New York, Colorado and Oklahoma — as well as committee staff from the Senate EPW committee, among many others.