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On FISA, President and Republicans Play Politics with National Security

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ON FISA, PRESIDENT AND REPUBLICANS PLAY POLITICS WITH NATIONAL SECURITY -- (House of Representatives - March 05, 2008)

(Mr. PALLONE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, neither the public nor the press are buying into the scare tactics coming out of the White House and the Republican leadership here on Capitol Hill about the expiration of the President's supposed Protect America Act. Here are just a few of the editorial examples in papers from around the Nation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that, ``The President's assertion that our country is in more danger of an attack is patently ridiculous.'' The Miami Herald writes that, ``Once again, the administration has claimed that if it doesn't get its way, the terrorists win. Unfortunately, the administration is resorting to exaggeration and hyperbole to make its case.'' The Syracuse Post Standard concluded that ``Congress should take the time to get this legislation right.''

Mr. Speaker, Congressional Democrats are serious about passing a strong FISA law that gives our intelligence community the legal tools necessary to protect our national security, and that is why bicameral negotiations continue. But, unfortunately, Republicans refuse a seat at that table.


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