President’s Radio Address on FISA

By February 16, 2008Briefly Legal, Communications

From the President’s weekly radio address:

For six months, I urged Congress to take action to ensure this dangerous situation did not come to pass. I even signed a two-week extension of the existing law, because members of Congress said they would use that time to work out their differences. The Senate used this time productively — and passed a good bill with a strong, bipartisan super-majority of 68 votes. Republicans and Democrats came together on legislation to ensure that we could effectively monitor those seeking to harm our people. And they voted to provide fair and just liability protection for companies that assisted in efforts to protect America after the attacks of 9/11.

The Senate sent this bill to the House for its approval. It was clear that if given a vote, the bill would have passed the House with a bipartisan majority. I made every effort to work with the House to secure passage of this law. I even offered to delay my trip to Africa if we could come together and enact a good bill. But House leaders refused to let the bill come to a vote. Instead, the House held partisan votes that do nothing to keep our country safer. House leaders chose politics over protecting the country — and our country is at greater risk as a result.

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  • yonason says:

    MIXED MESSAGES – THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

    While Mr. Bush is, quite rightly, criticizing the Democrats for their execrable behavior, he himself is not without culpability. He is aiding and abetting the “Palestinians” in their war against Israel and the world. By siding with them against a true ally on the war against the enemies of civilization, Bush is giving them a victory that inspires all the psycho freaks worldwide. In fact, if it weren’t for the so-called “Palestinians” there might be no modern terrorism.

    Perhaps a good analogy would be the guy who criticizes the fire department for not fighting the fire while he is stoking it with gasoline.

    So, although the Dems aren’t doing enough to fight terror, it would also be helpful if Bush did less to support it. Capiche?

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