Republicans yesterday blocked the Senate from moving forward on bills that would tighten ethics and lobbying rules and implement the recommendationsof the 9/11 Commission. With Senate Republicans obstructing important legislation supported by the American people, John Sununu, who has loudlydecried obstructionism in the past, is now quietly lining up behind hisparty’s leadership.
“Yesterday, John Sununu’s Senate leader brought progress on ethics reform and homeland security improvements to a crashing halt,”DSCC spokesman Matthew Miller said. “Sununu has complained loudly about obstructionism in thepast, but now that his party is blocking bills to clean up Congress and strengthen our national security, he’s gone curiously silent. If John Sununu really supports these bills, he’ll tell his leader to stop standing in the way of reform. Granite Staters are waiting to hear from him.”
John Sununu Blasted Obstructionism inthe Past, Saying it “Frustrates Every American…” In 2003, Senator Sununu said, “I think that kind of obstruction, whether it's on judicial appointments or on legislation, is something that frustrates every American.” [UnionLeader, 11/12/03]
… But Yesterday, Senate GOP Blocked Movement on Lobbying Reform, 9/11 Commission Bill. Yesterday,Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked movement on the lobbying reform package and the bill to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission,refusing to allow Majority Leader Harry Reid to name negotiators to complete work on the bills. “Republicans are stonewalling our ability to go to conference,” Reid said. [CQ, 6/27/07;The Hill, 6/27/07]
9/11 Bill Would Improve Transit & Air Security, First Responder Communications and Intelligence Sharing. The bipartisan bill to implement recommendations of the 9/11 Commission includes: improvements in information sharing for the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement community; billions of dollars for domestic homeland security grants, preparedness, and local anti terrorism activities; $3.3 billion for communications improvements for the nation’s first responders; and funding for transit and airport security. [New York Times, 3/14/07;Reuters, 3/13/07;AP, 3/13/07; CQ Today, 3/14/07;DPC Report, 2/28/07]
Ethics Reform Would Strengthen Accountability and Cut Down on Special Interest Gifts to Congress. Under the bipartisan ethics reform bill, Senators would give up gifts and free travel from lobbyists, pay more for travel on corporate jets and make themselves more accountable for the pet projects they insert into bills. Senator Reid called it the “most significant legislation in ethics and lobbying reform we've had in the history of this country.” [AP, 1/18/07]