Shea-Porter Hides From Casting Decisive Vote, Allows Pelosi to Defeat Gitmo Measure
Washington- In an astonishing move today on the House floor, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) skipped a critical vote, allowing Nancy Pelosi to pave the way for terrorists to come to the U.S. Shea-Porter’s absence caused the outcome to be decided by one vote against preventing the use of taxpayer funds to implement President Obama’s highly-controversial decision to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (House Roll Call 360 and 361), thus potentially allowing dangerous terrorists to be imported onto U.S. soil.
“It is a disgrace that Carol Shea-Porter abdicated her responsibility as a Member of Congress by hiding from a critical vote which would have prevented terrorists from being transported to the United States,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “There is no excuse for Carol Shea-Porter’s failure to stand up and vote on this important national security measure – but I’m sure her constituents are waiting with bated breath to hear what explanation she might possibly have.”
“...the chamber also rejected an amendment by Rep. Jerry Lewis, a Republican, that strengthened the prohibition by stopping in its tracks funding for any government activity related to closing the facility. The amendment first went down on a 216-212 vote. After Republicans demanded a recount, it was defeated again, 213-212.” (Jim Abrams, Associated Press, “House Rejects Measure on Guantanamo Closing, June 18, 2009)
If Carol Shea-Porter is interested in keeping Americans safe, she can start by standing up to her party leaders in Washington and siding with the families in her district who oppose closing Gitmo.
“By more than 2-1, those surveyed say Guantanamo shouldn't be closed. By more than 3-1, they oppose moving some of the accused terrorists housed there to prisons in their own states....
“In the survey, Americans were inclined to accept the argument...that the detention center had made the United States safer. By 40%-18%, they said the prison had strengthened national security rather than weakened it....
“A 54% majority of those polled say the prison shouldn't be closed, and that they'll be upset if the administration moves forward to close it.
“Last month, Senate Democrats stripped $80 million to close Gitmo from a spending bill and blocked transfer of detainees to U.S. soil, at least for now.” (Susan Page, “Poll: Most Oppose Closing Gitmo,” USA Today, June 1, 2009)