Apparently, the Republican house majority can keep a congressman from visiting citizen soldiers from his district (thanks Olyblog).
One Pissed Off Veteran (and probably more pissed off now):
I just got home from a "town hall" type of meeting with my congressman, Brian Baird (Washington 3rd)...
...he told an absolutely appalling story about what happened when he and his wife attempted to travel to Kuwait to make a personal visit to a group of National Guard troops from right here in this district who had been deployed to Kuwait and were on the verge of going into Iraq.
He contacted the commanding general of Task Force Olympia and was told that they would not allow him to make an official visit as a congressman and not be able to ask questions of the troops because -- get this -- That fat bastard, the Squeaker of the Hose, one Denny Fat-boy Clogged-arteries Supersize-me Make-that-three-triple- cheeseburgers Hastert issued an edict that no Democratic congressman could speak to the troops without a Repugnican sewer rat being present.
And people still wonder why we need to get that slavering pack of corrupt GOP bastards out of there.