Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kirk on key homeland security, armed services panels

Kirk on key homeland security, armed services panels; The Boston Globe

...After a series of meetings yesterday, top Senate Democrats placed Kirk on two committees with jurisdiction over issues crucial to the Bay State: the Armed Services Committee, which supervises the military and plays a role in defense spending, and the Homeland Security Committee, responsible for supervising the nation’s defenses against terrorism. ...

Today, Kirk, a longtime aide to Kennedy, will participate in his first hearing of the Homeland Security Committee, “Eight Years After 9/11: Confronting the Terrorist Threat to the Homeland,’’ where Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FBI Director Robert Mueller III are scheduled to testify.

Later today, Kirk is expected to vote on a defense appropriations bill that would provide nearly $630 billion for the military over the next fiscal year - including nearly $3 billion in controversial projects that the Obama administration didn’t request.

One of those earmarks is $20 million for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, to be established at the University of Massachusetts campus in Boston, next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Comment: So much for the democracy created by the 17th Amendment...but the voters of Massachusetts got the person they wanted, a lackey for special interest and pork. This 70 something will also be there to propel the agenda of the military defense establishment well into the next war...battlefield America.

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