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In wake of Dem Bush censure bid: Hastert reminds Dems--including from Illinois Bean, Lipinski and Emanuel--that 66 of them backed Patriot Act


(sorry, ron, my mistake. lynn)

United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515

March 13, 2006

Speaker Hastert Comments on the Democrats'

Extreme Attempts to Censure the President

(Washington, D.C.) House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) released the following statement in response to recent news reports regarding a censure resolution against President Bush being introduced in the Senate.

(Washington, D.C.) House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) released the following statement in response to recent news reports regarding a censure resolution against President Bush being introduced in the Senate.

"The President and Republicans in Congress have worked hard to pass strong measures to protect our national security. Last week, the PATRIOT Act was signed into law with the help of 66 House Democrats despite Democrat Minority Leader Pelosi and a majority of Democrats voting against the bill. This week, the House Republican Leadership will bring to the floor a bill to fund our troops so they can fight and win the Global War on Terror.

"While we work to defend our country, there are some liberal Democrats who have taken the extreme viewpoint to propose censuring or impeaching the President who is committed to fighting a war against terrorism overseas instead of here in our streets. It is our hope that the 66 Democrats who voted with us on the PATRIOT Act would not support the House Democratic Leadership or the extreme viewpoints of their colleagues that the enemy is the President of the United States. It's time Democrats take a stand on something. Political jabs at the President of the United States do nothing to protect our citizens."

The following Democrats voted with House Republicans in favor of the PATRIOT Act:

Robert Andrews (D-NJ)
Brian Baird (D-WA)
John Barrow (D-GA)
Melissa Bean (D-IL)
Marion Berry (D-AR)
Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA)
Timothy Bishop (D-NY)
Dan Boren (D-OK)
Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
Allen Boyd (D-FL)
Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)

Russ Carnahan (D-MO)
Ed Case (D-HI)
Ben Chandler (D-KY)
Jim Cooper (D-TN)
Robert Cramer, Jr. (D-AL)
Artur Davis (D-AL)
Lincoln Davis (D-TN)
Norman Dicks (D-WA)
Chet Edwards (D-TX)
Rahm Emanuel (D-IL)
Bob Etheridge (D-NC)
Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN)
Gene Green (D-TX)

Jane Harman (D-CA)
Stephanie Herseth (D-SD)
Brian Higgins (D-NY)
Tim Holden (D-PA)
Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Steve Israel (D-NY)
Paul Kanjorski (D-PA)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Ron Kind (D-WI)
Jim Langevin (D-RI)
Rick Larsen (D-WA)
Sander Levin (D-MI)
Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)
Jim Marshall (D-GA)
Jim Matheson (D-UT)
Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)

Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
Charlie Melancon (D-LA)
Brad Miller (D-NC)
Dennis Moore (D-KS)
John Murtha (D-PA)
Solomon Ortiz (D-TX)
Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)
Mike Ross (D-AR)
Steven Rothman (D-NJ)
Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
John Salazar (D-CO)
Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
David Scott (D-GA)
Brad Sherman (D-CA)
Ike Skelton (D-MO)
Adam Smith (D-WA)
Vic Snyder (D-AR)
John Spratt (D-SC)
Ted Strickland (D-OH)
Gene Taylor (D-MS)
Mark Udall (D-CO)
Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Albert Wynn (D-MD)

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Good for Hastert. I could vote Democratic again if these folks could speak out a little more against some of the Liberals who betray Liberals, trade unionists, gays, and women in Iraq in the name of "Peace".

What is so extreme (as Hastert calls it) about wanting to censure a president who willingly broke the law? Keep in mind the fact that the illegal wire taps went on for three years without Bush asking Congress (and therefore the people) to change the law he was breaking.

I can't wait until we have a Democratic President inheriting all these powers (such as being able to listen in on domestic phone calls and read our emails without a warrant). Then the Right will be squealing like little pigs. Funny thing is, those of us who really believe in civil rights will continue to oppose such practices, regardless of which Party is in power.

snarky, remember Clinton? He was the one who introduced Carnivore that read everyone's e-mails. He also was the first o record domestic to DOMESTIC phone calls.

So you've already lived your dream my friend.


What's your point? Were you upset about these things when Clinton was President? I did not know about them then. Are you upset about what Bush is doing or are you saving your outrage until a Democrat has this power -- and the powers Bush has asserted go WAY beyond anything Clinton ever had or would have asked for.

I voted for Clinton twice. I voted for Gore the first time because I felt America needed to intervene more in the world after the atrocieties of Bosnia, Kosovo, and Rwanda.

I believed Clinton in his Feb 17, 1998 speech to the Joint Chiefs:

Saddam Hussein's Iraq reminds us of what we learned in the 20th century and warns us of what we must know about the 21st. In this century, we learned through harsh experience that the only answer to aggression and illegal behavior is firmness, determination, and when necessary action.
If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow by the knowledge that they can act with impunity, even in the face of a clear message from the United Nations Security Council and clear evidence of a weapons of mass destruction program.

I think he was using many of the tools Bush uses now.

Clinton just didn't now how to use them or how to liberate Afganistan or Iraq.

All he knew how to do was launch a few cruise missles.

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