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Aug 23, 2006

With Giuliani in Town, Fitzpatrick, Gerlach and Weldon Fail Homeland Security Test

DCCC Press

Aug 23, 2006

With Giuliani in Town, Fitzpatrick, Gerlach and Weldon Fail Homeland Security Test

“The Three Bushkateers - Fitzpatrick, Gerlach and Weldon - talk tough on terror, but they don’t have the record to back it up so they’ve resorted to bringing in someone who does,” said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Thanks to them, Southeastern Pennsylvania families are not being kept as safe as they could be. In Congress, the Three Bushkateers have chosen to rubberstamp the failed agenda of the Bush administration and vote against vital funding, screening and protections that serve to protect our nation. It’s time for a new direction in Washington because when it comes to American security, the error of big talk and no action is over.”

Pennsylvania’s “Three Bushkateers” Face Serious Questions About Their Homeland Security Records

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in town today for a high-dollar, special interest fundraiser for Pennsylvania’s “Three Bushkateers” - Representatives Mike Fitzpatrick, Jim Gerlach and Curt Weldon - Southeastern Pennsylvania families deserve to know the truth about their representatives’ records.

Giuliani will no doubt invoke his signature issue, terror, when addressing the fundraiser, but when it comes to their records in Congress, the Three Bushkateers have repeatedly - and to the detriment of our national security - voted against increased funding and improved homeland security protections.

On everything from sending critical resources to the Department of Homeland Security, to cargo screening, port security and border security, these three incumbent members of Congress were too busy rubberstamping the failed agenda of George W. Bush and congressional leaders to protect the families they represent. Fitzpatrick, Gerlach and Weldon join these same congressional leaders in refusing to implement the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission. After input from Mayor Giuliani and other experts, the Commission recommended better ways to root out terrorists as well as organize our response here at home. They called for better communication and information sharing between Congress and the various intelligence agencies and for improvements to our defenses. Southeastern Pennsylvania families deserve to be fully protected and it is time to implement these recommendations.

Fitzpatrick, Gerlach and Weldon Voted Against 100% Screening of US Bound Cargo. The Three Bushkateers voted against a motion to guarantee 100% scanning and sealing of America-bound cargo. Currently, only 5% of the cargo that comes into this country is screened. Some ports in the world screen 100% of their incoming cargo. The motion would have guaranteed that, within three years, the only containers that can enter the U.S. from larger ports are those that have been inspected for radiation and harmful materials. The motion also called for tamper-proof seals after inspection. [Leadership Document, "Democrats Fight For 100% Scanning of Containers Bound For The US," 5/3/06; HR 4954, Vote #126, 5/4/2006]

Fitzpatrick, Gerlach and Weldon Voted Against $2.5 Billion in Border & Port Security Funding. The Three Bushkateers voted to kill an effort to add two provisions to the emergency supplemental spending bill to increase border and port security funding. One provision would have provided an additional $1.9 billion for border security capital improvement including, provide funds to replace outdated aircraft and vehicles, and to ramp up the fleets of patrol boats, patrol aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. The funds also would provide for improvements in law enforcement communications and Customs and Border Patrol construction projects needed to provide up-to-date infrastructure for border security. The conference report also fails to include a Senate amendment providing an additional $648 million for port security, including $227 million for port security grants, $211 million for 60 additional cargo container inspection systems, and $132 million to deploy over 300 additional radiation portal monitors at our nation's seaports. [Leadership Document, "Democrats Are Fighting for Enhanced Border Security and Port Security," 6/12/06; HR 4939, Vote #255, 6/12/2006]