Target Dems Fail to Protect Texans from Getting Terrorists as Neighbors

May 8, 2009

FYI, a version of the release below went out to the following districts: Allen Boyd (FL-02); Ben Chandler (KY-06); Lincoln Davis (TN-04); Chet Edwards (TX-17); Jesse Jackson (IL-02); Alan Mollohan (WV-01); John Murtha (PA-12); Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23); John Salazar (CO-03) and Peter Visclosky (IN-01).

Edwards Fails to Protect Texans from Getting Terrorists as Neighbors
Chet Edwards Votes to Leave the Door Open for Gitmo Detainees to be Transferred to American Prisons

Washington- Yesterday, Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) made it clear that he is not willing to stand up and block Gitmo detainees from being transported to the United States in the name of protecting his constituents.

“Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee beat back a proposal Thursday by Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt to prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States….  The committee rejected Tiahrt’s amendment on a party-line vote.” (Jonathan Allen and Joanna Anderson, “Committee Quashes Gitmo Prisoner Transfer Ban,” CQ, May 7, 2009)
Chet Edwards was among the members in the Appropriations Committee mark-up yesterday, who voted in lock-step with his fellow Democrats to block an amendment to ensure that Guantanamo Bay prisoners would not be transferred to the United States.

“Why didn’t Chet Edwards stand up and defend the safety of families in his district by supporting this measure to block dangerous terrorists from being brought into the United States?” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain.  “Chet Edwards failed to uphold his duty to protect his constituents, leaving the security of American lives in the balance.”