Monday, March 06, 2006

YCE VOTES TO QUASH CONGRESSIONAL VOTE ON DUBAI DEAL

News release...


PRYCE VOTES TO QUASH MANDATORY CONGRESSIONAL VOTE
ON DUBAI PORTS DEAL

KILROY: “Congress must have the opportunity to vote on the Dubai port deal.
Pryce’s vote to block an up or down vote defies common sense.”

(Columbus, Ohio)- Franklin County Commissioner and Democratic Congressional Candidate Mary Jo Kilroy assailed Deborah Pryce’s vote last Thursday to block Democratic efforts to require a vote on a plan mandating a Congressional up or down vote on the sale of American port operations to Dubai Ports World following a forty-five day review.

“Congress must have the opportunity to vote on the Bush administration's plan to outsource the management of our nation’s ports to the government of Dubai,” Kilroy said. “Deborah Pryce claims she favors requiring such a vote, but the first chance she got to weigh in on guaranteeing a Congressional vote on the deal, she voted against it. Ohioans send their Congressmen and women to Washington to provide leadership and to represent their views. But when it comes to protecting our ports, Pryce doesn’t even want to require a Congressional vote, so that there is no official record of what her point of view is.”

Kilroy concluded, “This process must be more transparent. First, Congress must have full access to all of the detailed findings of the 45-day in-depth national security investigation. It must insist on having all of the detailed information that will allow it to make an independent judgement on the national security implications of the transaction. Secondly, it must be ensured that Congress will have the opportunity to have an up-or-down vote on the deal, a vote that cannot be blocked by the Republican congressional leadership.”


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Friday, March 03, 2006

Release: Pryce forgets about Ohio Port

Headline: PRYCE FORGETS ABOUT PORT IN HER OWN COUNTY

KILROY: “I don’t know where Deborah Pryce is looking, but she has a port right here in Franklin County. Rickenbacker Airport is an inland port and major hub for cargo that comes in from overseas ”

(Columbus, Ohio)- Franklin County Commissioner and Democratic Congressional Candidate Mary Jo Kilroy challenged Deborah Pryce’s assertion that Ohioans are not directly affected by the current port security debate because “Ohio doesn’t have any ports.” Pryce made the statement on Wednesday during a session of the House Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy ("DIMP") and was reported on local NPR affiliate WCBE.

Commissioner Kilroy said, “I don’t know where Deborah is looking, but she has a port right here in Franklin County. Rickenbacker Airport is an inland port and major hub for cargo that comes in from overseas. Deborah Pryce just doesn’t get it.”

Kilroy added, “It defies common sense that anyone thinks we should trust the security at those ports to a company owned by a government that was one of only three that recognized the Taliban and that had direct ties to 9-11 terrorists. Central Ohioans are particularly vulnerable if there’s a security breech at a shipping port where cargo enters our country. Rickenbacker Airport is classified as a Foreign Trade Zone and customs doesn’t inspect some cargo destined for our airport until it reaches Central Ohio.”
Kilroy called on Congress to stop studying this issue and rely on common sense and pass legislation to kill this deal and keep our ports out of the hands of foreign governments.

Rickenbacker Airport is one of the largest transportation hubs for cargo in the nation. 89,590 metric tons of freight moves through Rickenbacker annually. The Columbus Regional Airport Authority is grantee and operator of Foreign-Trade Zone (“FTZ”) No. 138, which encompasses nearly 5,000 acres at Rickenbacker. A FTZ is a site within the United States that is legally considered outside of Customs territory. Goods may be brought into the site duty-free and without formal customs entry.
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