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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Too Bad bin Laden Isn't Hiding on a Tiny Island Off the Coast of Alaska

Amount Senator Ted Stevens Wants to Spend Building a Bridge to Nowhere: $223 Million.

Amount He Wants to Spend Capturing bin Laden: $0

Election year jostling over national security matters continued to dominate debate over the fiscal 2007 Defense appropriatons bill Thursday, as the Senate unanimously added $200 million in supplemental emergency spending to create a new intelligence unit to hunt down Osama bin Laden.

The amendment, adopted by 96-0, would also require the Pentagon to report to Congress within 60 days of enactment and every 90 days thereafter on U.S. progress toward capturing bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders. It was offered by Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and three other Democrats.


Ted. Stevens, R-Alaska, chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, called the proposal “irresponsible” but said senators should support it due to election year politics. He added he would attempt to remove the provision during conference talks with the House.

“I consider this amendment to be a slap in the face of the intelligence community,” said Stevens, who said the bill already provides enough money for hunting bin Laden.

I don't know which is worse. That Ted Stevens doesn't want to find bin Laden. Or that he votes for proposals he considers irresponsible. Also, if the intelligence community doesn't deserve a slap in the face, who does??? For those who haven't been counting, Sen. Conrad has been keeping track:
“It has been five years — 1,822 days —since the attacks of 9/11. Yet Osama bin Laden remains at large and capable of attacking our country again,” said Conrad.
Via CQ (subscription required).