Bush and Bradley Fail to Safeguard Passenger Flights against Terrorist Attacks


For Immediate Release

Contact: Jean Weinberg

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NH Democratic Leader Jim Craig Holds Rep. Jeb Bradley Accountable for Homeland Security Failures and Calls For Change in Washington

(August 11, 2006)--Today, Jim Craig, the Democratic candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s first congressional district, sharply criticized the Bush administration and the Republican Congress for failing to safeguard passenger flights against terrorist attacks.

Pointing to published reports that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, shifted half of its $110 million research budget to cover operational costs, Craig blasted the Bush administration and the Republican Congress for jeopardizing the war on terror with its reckless fiscal program.

“The experts have been telling us for years that Al Qaeda intends to use liquid explosives to blow up passenger planes,” said Craig. “But instead of developing the technology to detect these explosives, the politicians in Washington wasted our Homeland Security budget.”

Craig continued, “In just four years, Jeb Bradley and the Republican Congress turned a $5.6 trillion surplus into a $2.7 trillion deficit. So what did they do? They cut the Homeland Security research budget. It’s unacceptable. Five years after 9/11, the Bush administration and Republican Congress are still putting our country at risk.”

Craig labeled Jeb Bradley’s Homeland Security record “appalling,” pointing specifically to:

  • Bradley’s support for allowing a company owned by the United Arab Emirates to assume operations at select U.S. ports (HR 4167, #18, 3/2/06).
  • Bradley’s vote against $19 million in Border Patrol funds. (HR 2863, #668, 12/19/05).
  • Bradley’s vote against fulfilling the 9/11 commission’s recommendations on border security and immigration. (HR 4437, #660, 12/16/05).
  • Bradley’s vote against adding more baggage screeners at U.S. airports. (HR 4567, #265, 6/18/04).

Craig also accused Bradley of misrepresenting his Homeland Security agenda to the press. Bradley told the Associated Press that “Homeland security funding should be based on both the level of risk as well as population size.” (1st Congressional District candidates on homeland security, The Associated Press, August 1, 2006).

But in 2004 Bradley voted against shifting $446 million in Homeland Security Funds from low-risk areas to high-risk cities like Boston, where many New Hampshire residents commute to work. (HR 4567, #266, 6/18/04).

“In Washington, DC, people say one thing and do the other,” said Craig. “In New Hampshire, we judge a man by his actions, not his words.” “Jeb Bradley and George Bush talk a good game about Homeland Security, but at the end of the day, they’ve let the country down. It’s time for change in Washington.

Jim Craig, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District, is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and his roots in the Granite State stretch for five generations. As a veteran of the US Army, he worked for his law degree with the help from the GI Bill and joined his family's law practice. For over 20 years, he has promoted the health and well being of families by serving on non-profit community boards. He was elected to the New Hampshire State House in 1998 and now serves as Democratic Leader. While in Concord, he worked tirelessly to create bipartisan, practical solutions for the state. As leader, he created a labor caucus that addresses working families' concerns.