Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hodes Blocking His Own Border Security Bill

Bosse urges open vote on SAVE Act

(Hillsboro) Republican challenger Grant Bosse today urged Congressman Paul Hodes to stand up to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and bring a bill he co-sponsored to the House floor for an up or down vote. Hodes is one of 147 co-sponsors of the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act (SAVE Act, H.R. 4088), which Pelosi has refused to bring before the House of Representative knowing that it has enough support to pass.

“Paul Hodes has voted against funding the border fence, and has offered nothing but empty promises on immigration,” Bosse said. “If Paul Hodes is serious about border security, he can prove it by bringing his own bill to the House floor for an up or down vote.”

The SAVE Act would provide an additional 8,000 border patrol agents, fund border security improvements, and expand the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism along the northern and southern borders. 181 House Members have already signed a discharge petition to bring the bipartisan immigration bill to the House floor since Speaker Pelosi refuses to schedule it for consideration. 218 signatures are necessary to force Pelosi to consider it.

“Paul Hodes needs to stand up for border security and stand up to Nancy Pelosi,” Bosse added. “If he can’t support his own bill, he’ll prove that his support for border security is an empty promise.”

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