DEMOCRAT ``NATIONAL SECURITY AGENDA'' -- (House of Representatives - March 29, 2006)
(Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, Democrat leaders are planning to make big news at a press conference later today. What is the news? That they are tough on national security. This kind of claim coming from congressional Democratic leaders leaves the American people scratching their heads. It is one thing to hold an election-year conference full of tough talk on national security issues; it is quite another thing to back that talk up with your voting record.
Unfortunately, their rhetoric doesn't match their record. Where were the Democrat leaders when it came time to vote for the PATRIOT Act or for border security legislation or armed services recruiting or the REAL ID Act? Given the chance, they often line up against our Nation's national security initiatives, again and again and again.
It is Democrats who would like to censure President Bush for authorizing the NSA terrorist surveillance program. It is Democrats who want to unilaterally withdraw from the Iraqi front in the war on terror. A news conference to announce Democrat leaders are tough on national security, that certainly is big news.