125 Days Later, House Renews Terrorist Surveillance Program without Hodes' and Shea-Porter's Help
Washington- Finishing yet another week of business as usual in Washington, Reps. Paul Hodes (NH-02) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) aligned themselves today with a select group of liberal Democrats who voted against a bi-partisan agreement to renew America’s terrorist surveillance program (House Roll Call 437) . Hodes and Shea-Porter stood loyally with the fringe element of his party and the trial lobby by voting against a bill that will increase terrorist surveillance and end the frivolous lawsuits against private companies who assisted the federal government in surveillance operations in the wake of the September 11th attacks.Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter turned their backs on this bipartisan bill, which “ended a four-month standoff that began after House leaders refused to pass a Senate-approved bill that would have made permanent a temporary surveillance law enacted last August. According to the administration, some wiretap orders that allowed the surveillance of foreign terrorism suspects would have begun to expire two months from now unless new legislation was approved.”
“The negotiations underscored the political calculation made by many Democrats who were fearful that Republicans would cast them as soft on terrorism during an election year.” (Washington Post, 6/20/08)
“ Paul Hodes and Carol SHea-Porter sent a message to the voters of New Hampshire today that they are more interested in putting special interest politics above our national security ,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. “Hodes and Shea-Porter ought to be ashamed of themselves for having put the nation’s security needs at risk by advocating for the further expiration of this critical terrorist surveillance program.”As today’s Washington Post editorial pointed out, even the Democrat leadership in the U.S. House and Senate gave their stamp of approval to this bipartisan bill to renew the terrorist surveillance program:
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer: “It is the result of compromise, and like any compromise it is not perfect, but I believe it strikes a sound balance.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). “There's good things in this bill.”
The terrorist surveillance program was passed overwhelmingly in the House today, but with no thanks to Paul Hodes' and Shea-Porter's blind loyalty to the left-wing fringe element of her party. Despite receiving wide-ranging bipartisan support, Hodes and Shea-Porter and some of their liberal friends in Congress lost the battle today to keep the floodgates open for their trial lawyer friends at the expense of Americans’ security.