Repugs Vote Down PortSecurity Bill

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Conservatives Bow to Industry, Block Amendment to Scan All Shipping Containers


Early this afternoon, conservatives in the House Homeland Security Committee voted down an amendment by Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) that would have mandated 100 percent scanning of American-bound shipping containers for radiological weapons.


The vote followed an "aggressive lobbying campaign" by a "coalition of industry groups" who pressed conservative members to oppose the amendment. Yesterday, committee chairman Peter King (R-NY) announced that he was caving to industry interests. His excuse was that Markey's plan was "not realistic":



There's no sense putting something in the bill if it's not realistic, if it's not going to be implemented and can't be done. We want a real bill, not a headline.


In fact, the plan is realistic: for well over a year, Hong Kong has been successfully using high tech screening machines to inspect every single container. Achieving that in the United States will undoubtedly take time, but it is technologically feasible, and should be our number one port security priority. Businesses that rely on shipping simply don't want to spend the money, and conservatives are bending to their will at the expense of our homeland security.

LOL @ comparing the shipping volume of Hong Kong with the volume that comes into the US.  An entire universe of difference in terms of numbers of containers to be checked.

Not that I'm happy with the low numbers we do search, but I actually gotta give it to the congressmen who had the balls to NOT put out a useless, unenforceable bill.  There's certainly no shortage of those.

"far out plan"

no, the far out plan is half the shit the Repugs do vote in.

dont use facts to argue

just say because the Republicans voted against it, that means its the right thing to do

because if you dont trust the republicans then you dont love America