Capital Hill Watch
Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007 (H.R. 1)
The US House of Representatives is expected to vote on Tuesday, January 9, 2007, on the Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007 (H.R. 1)
[To view the Full Text of the legislation visit: Full Text of Legislation ].
The measure would implement the “unfinished “National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) recommendations that fall under the Homeland Security Committee's Jurisdiction say Democrats.
Private companies would be required to prepare for terrorism, and the government would inspect cargo on passenger planes and shipping containers leaving the largest ports according to the bill. Also, money would be set aside to develop technology for detecting explosives at checkpoints, an appeals process would be established for airline passengers mistaken for terrorists on watch lists, and airports screeners would be given whistle-blower protection.
As part of the Democrats “100 hours” plan to quickly accomplish their priorities, the measure will be debated and voted on Tuesday, January 9, 2007, without going through the committee process.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat – California) promised an open, full and fair debate regarding policy issues and is playing politics with homeland security measures that should be given review and oversight .
When the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 was passed by Congress, it addressed many of the 9/11 Commission's 41 recommendations aimed at improving homeland security. Furthermore, the Bush administration has had ongoing programs such as pre-screening for domestic airline passengers, border and critical infrastructure security, and information-sharing among law enforcement agencies.
In other cases, such as pre-screening for domestic airline passengers, border and critical infrastructure security, and information-sharing among law enforcement agencies, the administration has ongoing programs.
The Democratic Congress is developing a checklist of recommendations that will not make the nation safer against terrorist attacks, or make current programs more efficient or effective but will develop layers of bureaucracy through unrealistic mandates, requirements, or reports.
If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat – California) were serious about homeland security, any legislation prior to going to the full House of Representatives for vote would first go through the committee process. Furthermore, any such legislation would not be mere window dressing to give the illusion that the House of Representatives is addressing this nation's security needs but would target homeland security grants based on need, modernize the Cost Guard and improve emergency management communications.
What Can You Do?
Urge your representative to NOT SUPPORT the Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007 (H.R. 1).
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The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative (last name):
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