An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 477th Fighter Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson prepares for takeoff on Jan. 7, 2023.

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 477th Fighter Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson prepares for takeoff on Jan. 7, 2023. (Erica Webster/U.S. Air Foirce)

The U.S. military shot down a fourth aerial “object,” this time over Lake Huron on Sunday, according to two members of Congress who said they were briefed by Defense Department officials on the military action.

Rep. Jack Bergman (D-Mich.) said in a tweet that he had been in contact with Defense Department officials “regarding operations across the Great Lakes region” on Sunday.

“I appreciate the decisive action by our fighter pilots,” he wrote. “The American people deserve far more answers than we have.”

Separately, Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) said the object was “downed” by pilots from the U.S. Air Force and National Guard. Slotkin learned about the latest object from the Defense Department and said in a tweet, “be assured that all parties have been laser-focused on it from the moment it traversed our waters.”

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) also reported on Twitter that the object had been “swiftly, safely and securely taken down.”

A Defense Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The announcement of the takedown of a fourth mysterious airborne object came as members of Congress on Sunday pressed for more information from the Biden administration about the objects shot down over North America in recent days.

Rep. Jim Hines (D-Conn.), the ranking Democrat of the House Intelligence Committee, was critical of the lack of details from the White House.

“I have real concerns about why the administration is not being more forthcoming with everything that it knows,” Hines said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Hines acknowledged that limited information is probably due in part to the second and third objects being shot down in remote areas off the northern coast of Alaska and over Canada’s Yukon territory. But he warned that the dearth of details from the administration could quickly lead to public anxiety and wild speculation about alien invasions or additional spying by China or Russia.

“I do hope that very soon, the administration has a lot more information for all of us on what’s going on,” Hines said.

When asked on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday characterized the two objects shot over Alaska and Canada as “balloons.” U.S. and Canadian officials said the latest objects were much smaller than the Chinese airship that was shot down off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4 after traversing the continental United States.

However, officials urged caution as they continue to gather information about the objects through recovery efforts.

“We will not definitively characterize them until we can recover the debris, which we are working on,” according to an administration official who provided a statement to The Post on Sunday on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. “I would note we have kept Congress continuously briefed and we will continue to.”

Schumer defended the administration’s handling of the situation and said U.S. military and intelligence officials are gathering and analyzing information as they seek to learn about the objects’ capabilities and purpose.

“You can be sure that if any American interests or people are at risk, they will take appropriate action,” Schumer said on ABC.

Little is known about what Canada’s defense minister said was a “cylindrical object” first detected Friday evening by NORAD, an organization that includes both U.S. and Canadian military personnel and is responsible for safeguarding North America’s skies. After a call between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Biden, the leaders authorized their pilots to shoot down the object over the Yukon, the White House said in a statement Saturday night.

“The leaders discussed the importance of recovering the object in order to determine more details on its purpose or origin,” the statement said.

Another object was downed Friday near the North Slope of Alaska by a U.S. fighter jet but its recovery has been hampered by icy conditions and wind chills reaching minus-55 degrees.

Detection of the most recent incursions is a result of additional information from radars and sensors, a U.S. official said Saturday, partly addressing a key question of why so many objects have recently been spotted.

“We basically opened the filters,” the official said, much like a car buyer unchecking boxes on a website to broaden the parameters of what can be searched. That change does not yet fully answer what is going on, the official cautioned, and whether stepping back to look at more data is yielding more hits — or if these latest incursions are part of a more deliberate action by an unknown country or adversary. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Asked whether Americans should be worried, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Sunday that the administration had acted out of an abundance of caution and in coordination with Canada.

“We’re always gonna track, we’re always going to detect and we’re always going to defend our airspace, and that’s what the American people should expect,” she said on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart.”

Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) expressed outrage at the use of American technology on the Chinese balloon, vowing, “It will be one of my number one priorities as the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in this Congress, to stop the export of technology to China that then goes into their most advanced weapons systems.

“In this case, a sophisticated spy balloon that went across three nuclear sites … It did a lot of damage.”

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the Biden administration with its latest downing of an unknown object over Canada does “appear somewhat trigger-happy, although this is certainly preferable to the permissive environment that they showed when the Chinese spy balloon was coming over some of our most sensitive sites.”

Administration officials have said that allowing the Chinese craft to traverse the country gave military officials time to observe it and gather intelligence that has informed their understanding of what they now say is a sprawling surveillance program overseen by the People’s Liberation Army. Searches continued over the weekend off the coast of South Carolina for that airship and near the north Alaskan town of Deadhorse for the object shot down Friday.

Turner said the Biden administration needs to “stop briefing Congress through our television sets and actually come and sit down and brief us. What we’re seeing here is a number of announcements by the administration without any real information being given to Congress.”

Republicans and Democrats pressed senior U.S. defense officials during a congressional hearing last week about why they had not acted sooner to stop the Chinese balloon and whether they have taken appropriate measures to enforce the boundaries of U.S. airspace.

Schumer said Sunday that he supports efforts by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to examine why U.S. officials are only now learning about and taking action to shoot down such objects, which Schumer said dated back to the Trump administration.

“Congress should look at that. That’s the question we have to answer,” Schumer said. “I think our military, our intelligence are doing a great job, present and future. I feel a lot of confidence in what they’re doing. But why — why as far back as the Trump administration did no one know about this?”

The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe, Alex Horton and Toluse Olorunnipa contributed to this report.

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