(PartiallyPolitics.com) On Wednesday, Senators are going to be receiving a classified briefing on the objects that have been shot down by the U.S. military. Following the “unidentified” object in Lake Huron being shot down, the total number of objects brought down has reached four within around a week.
This will be the second brief for the Senate, as they had previously had a briefing relating to the Chinese surveillance balloon that was shot down off the coast of South Carolina last week. This week the Senate committees are expected to have hearings on many issues from protecting children online to cryptocurrency and the Federal Aviation Administration. The chamber will also hold a vote on judicial nominations, while the House is not in session this week.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was the first to announce that there was going to be a briefing on China from the Pentagon following the balloon being brought down. The briefing took place on Wednesday.
Since the original balloon was brought down, three more objects have been shot down by the U.S. military. The first one was brought down over Alaska, the second one over Canada under the direction of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and a third one over Lake Huron. The third object was flying at 20,000 feet which is lower than all of the previous objects.
On Sunday, following a briefing by national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Schumer told ABC’s “This Week” that officials thought the second and third objects were smaller balloons as well.
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