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Bush Executive Order on Surface Transportation Security - yet another smokescreen

(The following news release was issued by the office of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, on December 6.)

WASHINGTON -- Today, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security issued the following statement in reaction to last night's release of an Executive Order by the White House aimed at strengthening our nation's surface transportation security:

"I fail to understand the President's timing or purpose in issuing this Executive Order. This Administration was already required by Congress to take comprehensive steps to secure our nation's surface transportation systems nearly two years ago and they failed to do so.

"This Order will do little to address the serious vulnerabilities plaguing our nation's rail and mass transit systems. It is just another smokescreen as this Administration continues to make plans to make plans. The American people deserve more than just plans -- they deserve to be safe and secure. That is why I introduced the Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2006, which addresses the critical security gaps that have been ignored by this Congress and this Administration since 9/11, Thompson added.

"This issue is of vital importance to the nation and I will introduce similar legislation early next Congress aimed at protecting the millions of men and women who ride our nation's buses, trains and subways everyday."

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

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