FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2007
Kagen Puts America’s Security First Votes Votes for Security, Sovereignty, Accountability
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. and a bipartisan majority in the House approved the National Security FIRST Act on Wednesday to help prevent the foreign ownership of our ports and other critical national infrastructure.
In February of 2006 America was disappointed to learn that control of our nation’s major seaports was about to be handed over to a Middle Eastern dictator.
Even more amazing was the fact that our government had actually approved surrendering these crucial national assets to a foreign power without telling anyone. President Bush himself said he had no idea our seaport operations were being sold to the Emir of Dubai until after the deal was approved.
The National Security FIRST Act brings accountability to the process for reviewing business deals that potentially threaten our national security. Under the National Security FIRST Act, both the Homeland Security Secretary and the Treasury Secretary would have to approve any transaction that could pose a threat to national security. The President would have to approve especially sensitive deals.
“As we blindly follow the Pied Pipers of one-world globalism, more and more of our manufacturing moves overseas, and what little remains is being bought by foreign investors,” said Kagen. “We must be sure corporate deals don’t undermine America’s security and independence.”
“America was the arsenal of democracy in World War II. Now we can’t even produce the ammunition and equipment our troops need to defend the nation. Bringing accountability to the foreign investment review process is essential to guarding our sovereignty and our national security,” Kagen said.
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