Senators answers questions about homeland security (and other issues)

Democrat Tom Harkin and Republican Christopher Reed answered a series of questions about national issues.  Many questions his on other topics, but Homeland Security-related questions include:

  • Would you vote for a defense or supplemental appropriations bill that includes a fixed timeline for withdrawal from Iraq?
  • Should the government be allowed to monitor electronic communications in the interest of homeland security without first obtaining court approval?
  • Would you support additional federal money for the construction of a border fence with Mexico?
  • Would you support a plan under which those immigrants in the United States who do not have legal status eventually could become citizens?
  • Should there be any additional federal restrictions on the purchase or possession of firearms?

For the answers and questions on other topics, read the Full article.

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Breakdown of the FY2009 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

See this brief breakdown of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill signed by President Bush last week:

President signs bill turning military spy satellites on U.S.

An appropriations bill signed by President Bush last week allows the controversial National Applications Office (NAO) to begin operating a stringently limited version of a program which would turn military spy satellites on the United States, sharing imagery with other federal, state, and local government agencies.

Both Congress and the GAO have expressed concern that the practice may be in violation of some laws and may be used for spying on U.S. Citizens.