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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