Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ford Condems Amnesty For Terrorists Proposal; Calls On Opponents To Join Him In Asking Bush To End Policy

Responding to reports that an amnesty plan for Iraq includes terrorists and insurgents who kill American troops, U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford issued the following statement:

“The need for a new generation of leadership in Washington becomes more apparent each day. We borrow trillions from foreign governments to keep the lights on in Washington. We give trillions more to repressive Mideast strongmen with every day's gulp of oil. We render our borders meaningless and our law enforcement ineffective against illegal immigration.

“And now, our government refuses to oppose amnesty for terrorists who have murdered our people? Washington has broken trust with Tennesseans. We need a new generation of leadership that puts the security of Americans first.

"’Have a nice day’ is not a foreign policy, and amnesty for terrorists is not an option. Amnesty for terrorists makes less sense that amnesty for illegal aliens. As Tennessee's senator, I would vote to oppose both.

“I ask my three Republican opponents to join me in denouncing amnesty for terrorists and asking President Bush to put an end to this bad policy today.”

Read the report by the Washington Post regarding the amnesty plan for terrorists here!

Comments: Will Ed Bryant, Van Hilleary, and Bob Corker join Congressman Ford in condemning amnesty for terrorists?

Ford has shown he is tough on terrorism and strong on national security...we can't say the same for his opponents, however.

One can only hope that they would have the common sense and morality to follow Congressman Ford's lead in condeming this terrible proposal.

We shall see....

162 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!