I have to admit that it mystifies me why the 109th Congress couldn’t tackle the port and air cargo screening issue.
House easily passes anti-terror bill – USA Today
Anti-terror legislation sailed through the House on Tuesday, the first in a string of measures designed to fulfill campaign promises made by Democrats last fall.
Patterned on recommendations of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks, the far-reaching measure includes commitments for inspection of all cargo carried aboard passenger aircraft and on ships bound for the United States.
The vote was a bipartisan 299-128.
But in any case, the vote was somewhat bi-partisan (not nearly as much as the media reports suggest). Full US House roll call vote here.
By my math, 100% of the Democrat House Members voting today were in favor of HR1, while the Republican House Caucus was split 35% for and 65% against.
It will be interesting to see if those 68 Republican House Members (many of which I see are GOP moderates) are going to be a group that hangs together and votes with the Democrats. Or if this was just a one-time deal because it was a security-related issue.
As with everything Speaker Pelosi’s gang pushes through, this legislation must be approved by the US Senate and avoid the President’s
so-far non-existent veto pen before it becomes law.
By neglecting the normal legislative process – including the thoughtful deliberation of Republican and Democratic Members of Congress – Speaker Pelosi virtually guarantees catastrophic mistakes will be made. Some of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations, like declassifying the annual intelligence budget, are unwise, if not altogether dangerous.
Today, Democrats are so preoccupied with whether they can pass the 9/11 Commission legislation – that they never stopped to think whether they should.
That’s because the Democrats see World War III and as a mere law enforcement action and security of our nation as a minor nuisance in their larger agenda.