Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hutchison on defensive over border fence amendment

As you know, I have posted since the beginning of this blog about the law Duncan Hunter had passed to expand the border fence across the Southern border. He cmapaigned on it, and he encouraged the Bush Administration to get to work on building it. Then, in December, I posted that Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson slipped an amendment into the defense bill to gut the border fence. It passed in both houses and was signed. Duncan Hunter voted for the defeense bill in order to support our troops, but the fence has been gutted.

WASHINGTON — In an uncharacteristic display of public frustration with party colleagues, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday sharply criticized two Republican congressmen who had accused her of a stealth effort to derail the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Conservative blogs and pundits have attacked Hutchison ever since Reps. Peter King of New York and Duncan Hunter of California accused the Texas Republican of essentially repealing Congress' mandate to build 700 miles of fencing. "This was a midnight massacre," King said of an amendment Hutchison shepherded into law last month. "It was absolutely disgraceful."

After being labeled "Panderer to the Criminal Invader" and called a traitor to border security, Hutchison fought back Friday. "There is misinformation, and I think the congressmen who should know better exactly what has happened have been a little loose with the facts," she said in an interview.

(excerpt...see http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5448261.html)

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