Friday, May 9, 2008

Carney Under Pressure

Carney has come under fire over the FISA mess in Congress. I talked about it before. At issue is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and the Protect America Act of 2007. Essentially, FISA set forth guidelines under which the intelligence community could monitor communications between foreigns peoples to protect against espionage. The Protect America Act of 2007 expanded those powers. The problem is that the legislation has reached it sunset and has yet to be reauthorized. This has kept the intelligence community flying blind since February.

Republicans, in the minority, have been working to have this legislation reauthorized to further protect America and give the intelligence community the ability to quickly monitor communications between two foreigns that might be routed through the US.

Since Carney is a member of the Navy and was part of the intelligence group that recommended action in Iraq, House Republicans figure he might be an easy one to get to break ranks with the Democrats in control and vote to reauthorize this legislation.

According to the Times Leader, Republican House Minority Whip Roy Blunt is hoping that Carney will be the first Democrat to sign a discharge petition to force the legislation to the floor. This is necessary because the Democratic leadership has stalled the legislation.

This should be a no-brainer for Carney. In my opinion, it is politics not policy that is preventing this vote. There is no reason to prevent legislation that deals with national security from coming to a vote. The Democrats also control the Senate. When this legislation was allowed to come to a vote in the Senate, it passed with bipartisan support (68-29). My belief is that the Democrats in the House would prefer to not support this legislation but simply fear the voters. So, instead of having the political courage to act and allow it to come to a vote, they act as obstructionists.

Of a more political nature, Carney the super-delegate has finally revealed who he supports for President. It is none other than the Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton. I discussed his indecision before. Carney has now kept his promise and decided to support the popular candidate of his district.

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