Members of the 9/11 Commission Criticize Congress and Bush Administration

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MEMBERS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION CRITICIZE CONGRESS AND BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR LACK OF FUNDING AND RESPONSE TO HOMELAND SECURITY NEEDS

JIM CRAIG HOLDS REP. JEB BRADLEY AND BUSH ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR IRRESPONSIBLE RECORD ON HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING AND RESPONSE MEASURES

“Enough double-talk. Enough playing politics. For too long, Republicans have played on the fears of American families and put politics ahead of

Homeland Security.” – Jim Craig

(August 14, 2006)-- Today, Jim Craig, Democratic Congressional Candidate in New Hampshire’s First District held Rep. Jeb Bradley accountable for his irresponsible record on Homeland Security funding and his double-talk on issues affecting our families. Just yesterday, on NBC’s Meet the Press, Governor Tom Kean and Rep. Lee Hamilton, members of the 9/11 commission spoke out against Congress and their lack of attention and funding to vital homeland security measures. In days since an international terror plot was thwarted in London, new attention is being given to airport security and homeland security issues throughout the country.

“Enough double-talk. Enough playing politics. For too long, Republicans have played on the fears of American families and put politics ahead of Homeland Security,” Jim said. “It’s long past due that George Bush and Congress be held accountable for their failures to fund our Homeland Security programs. The members of the 9/11 commission know firsthand that we must act now to protect our families.” [See attachment regarding Rep. Jeb Bradley’s double-talk record on Homeland Security]

Just yesterday, Members of the 9/11 commission spoke out against the Bush Administration and Congress on NBC’s Meet the Press regarding the irresponsibility of Congress and the Bush Administration for their failed record on Homeland Security.

Governor Kean said, “ . . . Congress simply has not given the agency the dollars to put those things into effect. But those are major steps that should be taken at the airports, and until they’re done we’re not as safe as we should be.”

Congressman Hamiliton, said, “It’s an amazing thing, five years after this event that we’re still straggling with the whole question of developing detection devices for all kinds of explosives. Five years after this event. And the president—or not the president, the secretary a moment ago spoke about pilot programs. Pilot programs, five years after the event. I’m not sure that’s anybody’s fault particularly, but the urgency of developing these detection machines for all kinds of ways they can do harm to passengers has been very slow.”

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.