Last week Katie called to tell us she was about to travel for her work on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee. Ok we said, where are you going? She said, "I'm going with someone who works on the Senate Oversight Committee to Brussels. We were asked to address the European Parliament on how to do oversight."
Dale and I at first laughed and laughed as did Katie. This did not seem real. We still picture Katie in her high school cross country uniform heading out for a meet, not standing up in front of members of the European Union and explaining the process of oversight. It turns out that the countries of Europe do not have any way of doing oversight and they now know they should.
There's wrong doing in every country's governmental agencies and a process should be in place. So Katie and Elise flew to Brussels and spent Wednesday talking to members of the parliament for 3 hours and then all day Thursday talking to member staffs. We still cannot get over this.
Here are a few pictures the parliament photographer sent her.
Talking to members of the European Parliament. Katie is second from left on the dias, Elise is 3rd from left. They said some members had headphones to get the translation.
Here they are at the end of their day with parliament staff who represented 8 different political parties.
This above was the evening after the first day of talks.
The European Parliament at night.
And security was tight as you might imagine.
And the food shops looked so beautiful and delicious