Wednesday, March 08, 2006

GOP House Panel Votes to Block Ports Deal

A pleasant return to sanity;

WASHINGTON - In a congressional election-year repudiation of
President Bush, a House panel dominated by Republicans voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to block a Dubai-owned firm from taking control of some U.S port operations. Democrats clamored for a vote in the Senate, too.

By 62-2, the House Appropriations Committee voted to bar DP World, run by the government of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, from holding leases or contracts at U.S. ports. The landslide vote was the strongest signal yet that more than three weeks of White House efforts to stunt congressional opposition to the deal have not been successful.

Mr. President, get a clue. Everyone hates this deal.

Charles Schumer issed this memo;
From Jihad Watch

THE CLERK: THE SENATOR FROM NEW YORK, MR. SCHUMER, PROPOSES AMENDMENT NUMBER 2959 TO THE WYDEN AMENDMENT, NUMBER 2944. AT THE END OF THE AMENDMENT, ADD THE FOLLOWING: IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW AND ANY PRIOR ACTION OR DECISION BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT, NO COMPANY WHOLLY OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY ANY FOREIGN GOVERNMENT THAT RECOGNIZED THE TALIBAN AT A LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN DURING THE TALIBAN'S RULE BETWEEN 1996 THROUGH 2001 MAY OWN, LEASE, OPERATE OR MANAGE REAL PROPERTY OR FACILITIES AT A UNITED STATES PORT.

Makes sense to me.

4 Comments:

Blogger Iran Watch said...

I also oppose this deal, but does Congress have the power to block a private sale? I know they could if they enacted a new law but as it is, I don't see how they could block it.

March 09, 2006  
Blogger American Crusader said...

I thought this was a 'done deal' already. Even if Congress passes a resolution, President Bush has promised to veto it. Hard to believe that he would use his first veto on such an unpopular deal. Apparently the United Arab Emirates has threatened a total boycott if this deal doesn't go through.

March 09, 2006  
Blogger American Crusader said...

A Dubai-owned company said Thursday it is giving up its management stake in some U.S. ports, a move made as congressional leaders warned President Bush that both the House and Senate appeared ready to block the takeover.

This just came in... Dubai is giving up its deal.

March 09, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

IW,
this isn't your typical business deal, despite what some would have us believe.

AC,
Thanks for the heads up, I'll check it out.

March 09, 2006  

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