Thursday, March 9, 2006

Not So Fast

The ports deal is heading into rough waters.

Congress sent its first shot across President Bush’s bow Wednesday, as the House Appropriations Committee voted 62-2 to block a controversial deal that would allow Dubai Ports World to operate some terminals at U.S. ports.

The amendment was inserted into an emergency supplemental funding bill for military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill also includes about $19 billion in disaster assistance for the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The full House could vote on the measure as early as next week. The committee’s approval was bipartisan. Democrat Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia and Republican Jim Kolbe of Arizona cast the only “no” votes.

This is encouraging, not for the knee-jerk reasons of opposing DPW (“foreigners,” “A-rabs,” etc.) but because the House and Senate is doing what they’re supposed to do: advise, consent, and make life miserable for the president.