Thursday, April 06, 2006

Ford Calls For Release Of Dubai Ports World Documents

WHO: Congressman Harold Ford

WHAT: Congressman Ford will join members of the House Financial Services Committee calling for the release of White House and Coast Guard documents detailing the review process of the Dubai Ports World acquisition of U.S. ports. This is the beginning of the effort to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review process.

WHERE: Rayburn 2128

WHEN: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 12p

Background: H. Res 718 Requests the President and directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide to the House of Representatives all documents in their possession relating to: (1) the Dubai Ports World acquisition of six United States commercial ports leases, including records of internal discussions relating to the December 13, 2005, document by the Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center; and (2) the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review process for such acquisition, including records of internal discussions between the White House and Dubai Ports World and records of internal discussions, during the period of October 1, 2005, to March 2, 2006, between the White House and the Carlyle Group.

Source: Press Release

Comments: Once again Congressman Ford is standing up for what is right and honest in Washington D.C. while defending our nation's security.

Since day one the Congressman has been a leader on making sure our nation's security was not outsourced with the passage of this deal.

Whether it was writing an op-ed, running television ads, or going on a fact finding mission, Congressman Ford did it all in the name of securing America.

On the other hand, his opponents have once again missing in action. Where is the concern from Ed Bryant, Van Hilleary, and Bob Corker?

It seems to me that they would rather talk about straw polls and lie about Congressman Ford than actually have a substantive debate about the real issues at hand in our nation right now.

Congressman Ford shown Tennesseans that he can and will defend our nation at any cost.

That is why he will be our next Senator come this November.

92 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!