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As you may already know, yesterday Paul Broun sent out an email defending his vote against H.R. 2828, the Foreign Service Victims of Terrorism Act of 2007. In an excuse ridden email Paul Broun accuses me of lying and making factually incorrect statements in regard to Broun's vote against the bill. If anyone is lying about the issues it is Paul Broun who continuously attempts to shade the truth in an attempt to cover-up his voting record. For this reason, here are the facts about H.R. 2828.

H.R. 2828 was a bill to provide compensation to relatives of United States citizens who were killed as a result of the bombings of United States Embassies in East Africa on August 7, 1998. This bill passed by a vote of 409-12 on October 2, 2007. Paul Broun was one of only twelve votes against this bill.

Please understand that this is not a case of "he said/she said." These are verifiable facts, and Paul Broun is trying to manipulate and spin those facts. To make matters worse, he then turns around and has the audacity to accuse me of lying. The fact is Paul Broun voted against a bill that supported the families of American citizens who died in an attack on American soil.

According to the Republican Study Committee, H.R. 2828 would authorize the Secretary of State to provide compensation to the personal representative of relatives of U.S. citizens who died as a result of the bombings of the United States Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, or the United States embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on August 7, 1998. The Secretary of State would be required to "ensure an equitable distribution of amounts of compensation" to the maximum extent possible.

Following these attacks and a subsequent FBI investigation, 21 al Qaeda members were indicted for the bombing, of which 11 have been either killed or brought to justice. The attack on the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, left 12 Americans and 200 Kenyan citizens dead.

Paul Broun can throw out misleading statements, but the language of H.R. 2828 is concrete proof that he voted against providing support to relatives of United States citizens who were killed in an attack on one of our own embassies. While this land may be in a foreign country, it is still the sovereign territory of the United States of America and is defended by American soldiers. Paul Broun cannot bring himself to admit his poor judgment and misguided vote, so instead he calls me a liar.

Paul Broun lists 5 excuses for his poor vote. Here is why those excuses are wrong:

1. Paul Broun claimed in his email yesterday that some American soil is not important. I could not disagree with Broun more. Any attack on American soil is an attack on America, to claim otherwise is cowardice and naive.
2. Paul Broun claims that this bill does not support American families and that America should not support the families of those who have died in service to the United States. However, H.R. 2828 clearly states, "To provide compensation to relatives of United States citizens who were killed as a result of the bombings of United States Embassies in East Africa on August 7, 1998." To claim that this bill does not benefit American families or that America should not help the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom is just plain wrong.
3. Paul Broun claims H.R. 2828 "has zero to do with America military deaths." Broun could not be more wrong. Three American military personnel - Sgt. Jesse Aliganga with the U.S. Marine Corp, Sgt. Kenneth Hobson II with the U.S. Army, and Senior Master Sgt. Sherry Lynn Olds with the U.S. Air Force - were killed in the attack in Kenya. Paul Broun should be ashamed of any comments he or his staff has made to claim that their sacrifice did not matter.
4. Paul Broun claims that because he has received campaign contributions from people who opposed H.R. 2828 that he was correct in his vote against this bill. I find it unfortunate that Paul Broun would allow campaign contributions have any affect on his votes. Campaign Contributions should have nothing to do with H.R. 2828 or any other piece of legislation.
5. Paul Broun claims that H.R. 2828 has died in the Senate and that somehow proves that it was a bad bill. Once again, Broun is making a far reach to excuse his bad vote. Unfortunately lots of good legislation dies in the Senate; however, that is not the issue here. Paul Broun is in the U.S. House of Representatives, not the U.S. Senate. He should know, he already lost a race for the Senate.


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