Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Congressional House tags on anti-DP World rider

GOP Attempt to Block Challenge to Ports Deal Collapses
By Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post

I hate it when Congress plays politics like this. In order to thwart the DP World deal, the House has agreed to vote on an emergency pass funding bill for Afghanistan/Iraq next week. And added to that bill as a rider is legislation that in effect stops the sale.

The bill, complete with the insidious rider, will be sent to the WH for signature, making it tough for Bush to veto the legislation without hindering US troops.

Dirty politics, in my view. And something Congress is very good at.

Efforts by Republican leaders to hold off legislation challenging a Dubai-owned firm's acquisition of operations at six major U.S. ports collapsed today when House leaders agreed to allow a vote next week that could kill the deal.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) will attach the legislation as early as Wednesday to a must-pass emergency spending bill funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A House vote on the measure next week will set up a direct confrontation with President Bush, who has vowed to veto any bill delaying or stopping Dubai Ports World's purchase of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.


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