Mar 9, 2006- Kaptur Votes to Block Dubai Ports Deal
Last afternoon, Republicans voted to block consideration of a bill that would have immediately stopped the Bush-Dubai ports deal. Democrats are fighting for real port security to stop the Bush-Dubai deal and to prevent future contracts allowing foreign governments such as U.A.E. or China to operate U.S. ports and other critical infrastructure.
"President Bush is putting backroom, special interest contracts ahead of strong homeland security for the American people," continued Kaptur. "This ports contract was a bad deal for national security when it involved six major American seaports - now it turns out the company would operate in 22 U.S. ports, far more than the Bush Administration said were included in the deal."
The Appropriations Committee voted 62-2 to bar Dubai Ports World from holding contracts at U.S. ports. The committee attached the ports language to a $91 billion funding bill for hurricane recovery and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The full House could consider that measure as early as next week. President Bush has promised to veto any such measure passed by Congress.
On February 23, Kaptur called for investigations by both the House Government Reform Committee and the Treasury Inspector General into the Bush Administration's approval of the management of U.S. ports by Dubai Ports World. Kaptur has also asked the Treasury Inspector General to review any conflict of interest regarding the participation of Treasury Secretary John Snow who chairs the Committee on Foreign Investments, the group which approved the recent contract with Dubai Ports World.