“The single most important piece of national security legislation — legislation that if ignored will put American lives at great risk — languishes in the House because ‘Blue Dog’ Democrats have apparently decided to abandon their campaign promises to be strong on national security and kowtow to Nancy Pelosi,” noted Human Events on May 12.
“On Jan. 28, twenty-one Blue Dogs signed a letter urging Speaker Pelosi to move forward with bipartisan FISA legislation in the House in the same form that had passed the Senate in October. ‘The Rockefeller-Bond FISA legislation contains satisfactory language addressing all these issues, and we would fully support that measure should it reach the House floor without substantial change,’ they wrote.
“The Blue Dogs even highlighted that FISA legislation should include targeted immunity for carriers that participate in anti-terrorism surveillance programs, a provision that is contested among their Democrat colleagues. It is also ‘critical that we update the FISA laws in a timely matter [. . .] the consequences of not passing such a measure could place our national security at risk.’
“Pelosi ignored the Blue Dogs’ letter and refused to bring the Senate bill to the House floor despite the obvious fact that it would have passed by a simple majority vote. She continues to keep the bill buried even after an urgent request from [Attorney General] Michael Mukasey and director of national intelligence J.M. McConnell.”