Thursday, March 09, 2006
Kelly Against Port Security Before She Was For It
IF SUE KELLY CARES SO MUCH ABOUT PORT SECURITY, WHY DID SHE VOTE
AGAINST INCREASED FUNDING & TIGHTENED STANDARDS?
While Rep. Sue Kelly attempted to bolster her port security credentials by coming out against the plan for a Dubai company to control New York’s ports, Take19 took her to task today for voting against increased port security funding and tighter standards of securing the nation’s ports just last year.
"If Kelly cares so much about securing the ports, why didn’t she support the amendment HR 1817?" asked Take19 spokesperson Michael Morey. "Port security is the gaping hole in our national security. When Sue Kelly had a chance to do something about it – she said no."
“It’s nice that Sue Kelly has jumped on the bandwagon this election cycle," said Take19 member Susan Spear, “But the truth is that when it really counted, Sue Kelly let her constituents down by voting against increased funding and standards for securing our ports. She needs to explain that discrepancy to the voters.”
Kelly voted last year against an amendment [HR 1817, Roll Call #187, 5/18/05] that would have increased port security funding and tightened security standards at the port; Kelly voted instead for the White House’s plan that included less money and excluded the standards. Specifically:
This alternative plan, voted against by Kelly, failed 196-230. [HR 1817, Roll Call #187, 5/18/05; Committee on Homeland Security Minority Office.
"It appears Sue Kelly does what she's told to by her right-wing bosses," said Audrey Molsky, Take19 member and small business owner from Dutchess County. "We deserve a member of Congress who will represent our interests and not the
interests of greedy corporations and corrupt lobbyists."
Her histroy on this issue is clear. Sue Kelly has never had the security of this country as a top priority.
First of all, she voted for the invasion of Iraq which meant forgetting about getting the people who executed the 9/11 attack and allowing them to regroup. Statistics and experts show that this invasion has made the US and the world LESS SAFE from terrorists' attacks, and has done nothing but recruited more people for the battle against the US.
Second, she has consistently voted AGAINST funding for first responders and port security. The record is there and clearly speaks for itself.
BUT, she's consistent in that those tax cuts for the wealthy during a time of war are sacred.
I bet if the Dems hadn't made such a stink about the Dubai Deal, we wouldn't have heard a peep from Sockpuppet Sue about it.
"We keep hearing that the Republicans in Congress are in revolt against the president.
Some rebellion. . . .
The idea that a happy few are charging the White House ramparts is ridiculous. Republican lawmakers don't just turn a blind eye when they learn that the president is making profoundly bad choices, like cutting constitutional corners, abrogating treaties and even breaking the law. They actually legalize the president's misdeeds.
Take domestic spying, held up as another area of Republican revolt. The program violates the law. Congress knows it. The public knows it. Even President Bush knows it. (He just says the law doesn't apply to him.) In response, the Capitol Hill rebels are boldly refusing to investigate the program -- or any other warrantless spying that is going on. They are trying to rewrite the law to legalize warrantless spying. And meanwhile, they've created new subcommittees to help the president go on defying the law. . . .
Congressional and White House negotiators . . . watered down the new anti-torture law, which Mr. Bush said did not really apply to him anyway. And they passed another law actually encouraging the abuse of prisoners by allowing the use of coerced evidence at hearings on the prisoners' status. . . .
And all this does not even include the act of open rebellion by which the Senate is helping the White House cover up the hyping of intelligence on Iraq."