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March 8, 2006

Republicans to kill DP World deal

Determined not to be outmaneuvered on security by Democrats, influential Republicans have decided to defy President George Bush and kill the DP World takeover of operations at some U.S. ports.

What's at issue now is not whether or not the deal poses any kind of real security threat. What is at issue is how the deal is perceived by voters.

A Fox News poll whose results were released March 2 found 69 percent of Americans opposed allowing DP World to manage commercial operations at some U.S. ports. In terms of party affiliations, 81 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of independents and 57 percent of Republicans were opposed to the deal.

With this being an election year, opposing the DP World deal thus becomes a no-brainer for most politicians.

All that's in question now is how the deal will be killed.

Today, the influential Washington newspaper The Hill says that "House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) is expected to offer an amendment to the emergency supplemental spending bill that his committee will mark up today that would block the deal before the administration completes its 45-day investigation."

You can read the language of the amendment offered by Chairman Lewis here: http://appropriations.house.gov/_files/PortAmendLang.pdf

President Bush would not be able to veto the DP World measure without killing the entire emergency spending measure.

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