Wednesday, June 21, 2006

If Corker, Hilleary, Bryant, and GOP Had Their Way, The Terrorists That Brutally Killed Missing Troops Would Be Set Free

If Bob Corker, Van Hilleary, and Ed Bryant had their way, the terrorists that mutilated and killed the two troops abducted in Iraq last week, would be set free.

Yesterday, our nation received the news that it dreaded the most when it was discovered that the two American troops that were abducted last week by terrorists, had been brutally slaughtered.

However, if the Republicans had their way, the terrorists that killed these two brave men, would be granted amnesty and set free.

That would happen under the amnesty proposal that was included in resolution that the Republicans pushed through the House and voted on last week. I am proud to say that Congressman Ford voted no on the terrible bill.

As Congressman Ford noted last week, "I support our troops and our goals in Iraq. But I will not support a resolution praising a government that wants to grant amnesty to terrorists fighting our troops. There is only one option for such people: we should hunt them down and punish them. Amnesty is not an option."

However, not everyone felt that way. Despite his calls for them to join him in denouncing the proposal, Bob Corker, Van Hilleary, and Ed Bryant sat back and said nothing, leading everyone to believe that if they were in Congress, they would have supported the bill and the proposal.

To me, that is simply unacceptable.

The way these two soldiers were killed by the terrorists makes my blood boil. For some of our own leaders and candidates for office to support a proposal which would grant these brutal killers amnesty makes me even angrier.

Our nation and our troops deserve better leadership than that.

Once again, we see that Bob Corker, Van Hilleary, and Ed Bryant can't be trusted to be our next United States Senator. We need a Senator who will be tough on the terrorists and strong on defense.

Harold Ford Jr. is the only candidate who fits the bill in this race and that is why he will be our next U.S. Senator.

169 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!