Boehner Votes to Keep Critical National Security Program in American Hands
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today after voting to keep the critical Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) under American control:
"I was proud to support a Republican proposal to prohibit transferring authority for the Proliferation Security Initiative to the United Nations. America's national security is the sovereign responsibility of America alone. It should not be outsourced to foreign governments and international bodies.
"Unfortunately, the Democrat proposal will undermine the effectiveness of the PSI by forcing the United States to seek the permission of foreign governments before attempting to interdict illicit WMD material, and by providing all members of the UN access to the strategies, routes, and participating countries in the program.
"The PSI is a critical national security initiative that uses diplomacy, intelligence, and other tools to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The 9/11 Commission report recognized the PSI as an effective program and suggested it be expanded, not transferred, outsourced or commingled with the programs of multilateral regimes.
"Homeland Security starts right here at home. Republicans and Democrats must work together to make sure that America has full and complete control over the intelligence assets that will help us from preventing another terrorist attack. I hope this dangerous provision is removed before this measure reaches the President's desk."