Former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and a handful of other ex-members of Congress are involved in some “out of this world” hearings on the existence of extraterrestrials.

The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure is being held this week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Kilpatrick and the other five former members of Congress -- ex-Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska -- a Democrat and more recently Libertarian --and former Reps. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., Darlene Hooley, D-Ore., Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., and Merrill Cook, R-Utah -- each is being paid about $20,000 and have their expenses covered.

Stephen Bassett, executive director of Bethesda, Md.-based lobbying organization Paradigm Research Group, which is hosting the hearings, told Local 4 each of the former members will be paid about $20,000 and have their expenses covered.

Panel members weren't required to believe in aliens or a government cover-up, but pledged to keep an open mind.

Bassett, who started Paradigm Research Group in 1996, has been urging the government to reveal evidence of extraterrestrials engaging the human race.

Kilpatrick, a Democrat who served in Congress from 1997-2011, is the mother of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.