- Sep 25, 2005
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
I am so relieved that this issue has bipartisan support. Bush has chosen this firm in the United Arab Emirates to man our ports and both democrats and republicans are up in arms about this. The White House won't tell Congress what criteria this company passed in order to get this contract (surprise surprise--Bush doesn't share information with Congress). Bush says that if Congres tries to stop it, he will sign a veto. Nice. Nice balance of power. However, I love that he is shooting himself in the foot. Keep up your attitude, Bush! LOL
Bush backs transfer of U.S. ports to Dubai firm
Bipartisan criticism accompanies deal expected to be finalized in March
WASHINGTON - Brushing aside objections from Republicans and Democrats alike, President Bush endorsed the takeover of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports by a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. He pledged to veto any bill Congress might approve to block the agreement.
Bush Would Veto Any Bill Halting Dubai Port Deal
By DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC LIPTON
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 — President Bush, trying to put down a rapidly escalating rebellion among leaders of his own party, said Tuesday that he would veto any legislation blocking a deal for a state-owned company in Dubai to take over the management of port terminals in New York, Miami, Baltimore and other major American cities.
Mr. Bush issued the threat after the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, and the House speaker, J. Dennis Hastert, publicly criticized the deal [:shock:] and said a thorough review was necessary to ensure that terrorists could not exploit the arrangement to slip weapons into American ports. Mr. Bush suggested that the objections to the deal might be based on bias against a company from the Middle East, one he said was an ally in fighting terrorism.