Friday, February 24, 2006

Russert is a liar.

What a liar. Republicans were the ones that blocked all the Democrats efforts to spend more money on port security.

For example,
Schumer's amendment to the 2004 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill to provide $70 million for research and development to stop nuclear materials from entering U.S. ports was defeated by a 51-45 near-party-line vote.
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) introduced an amendment to the same bill that would have provided $100 million in port and maritime security grants. The Republican Senate rejected Byrd's measure by a near party-line vote of 51-45.
Republicans also defeated former Sen. Ernest Hollings's (D-SC) amendment to the 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which would have provided $300 million in maritime security grants, by a 50-48 largely party-line vote.
In addition, for the 2003 War Supplemental Appropriations bill, Hollings's amendment to increase port security funding by $1 billion was defeated by a 52-47 vote largely along party lines.

More at the link, and how to contact NBC if you want to let them know how you feel about this.

And Republicans say they are the party of choice for national security. Yea right. More like they want another terroist attack on USA. It's almost criminal the way they are inhibiting security being done or that needs to be done.

Russert suggested Democrats exploiting port deal for national security credibility; overlooked Democratic track record on bolstering port security