The "liberal media" at it again. Seriously, this guy has got to go. Matthews also called the Democratic plan "almost funny." So apparently eliminating Osama bin Ladin, finishing off the Taliban, protecting our ports, and securing loose nooks is just a riot.
This comes following the remark by Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) that "[i]t's taken them all this time to figure out what we've been doing for a long time." Senator Bond made that statement despite his, and fellow Republicans', long history of voting against Democratic bills that would strengthen homeland security.
Here is Media Matters For America's list of such votes:
March 17, 2005: Bond and 36 other Senate Republicans voted against an amendment proposed by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT) to the 2006 budget bill to restore $565 million in cuts to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first-responder programs, provide $150 million in port security grants, and provide $140 million for hiring 1,000 more border patrol agents.
Congressional Quarterly reported on September 14, 2004: "During a week and a day of debate, Democrats were turned away on more than a dozen amendments that would have added $20 billion to" the 2005 Homeland Security appropriations bill. CQ specifically noted: "An amendment by Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., to add $350 million for rail security was struck down on a point of order, 43-51." The vote can be viewed here.
September 8, 2004: Forty-five Senate Republicans, including Bond, voted to remove an amendment proposed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to the 2005 Homeland Security appropriations bill adding an additional $150 million for port security research and development grants.
July 24, 2003: Republicans in the Senate voted unanimously (along with former Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA)) to defeat an amendment to the 2004 Homeland Security bill, proposed by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) that "would have allocated $292 million to local fire departments and to efforts to improve security measures at chemical plants and ports." [National Journal, 7/25/04]
A November 14, 2002 Newsday article on the congressional approval to create DHS reported: "On port security, Senate Democrats had tried to add a charge on imports to raise approximately $600 million a year for added security, but they were blocked by House Republicans and the maritime industry."