Some lawmakers oppose resolution commending Obama and others for getting bin Laden By Jason Embry | Thursday, May 5, 2011, 02:09 PM
On Monday, the Texas House passed a resolution commending President Barack Obama, intelligence personnel and members of the military for taking out Osama bin Laden.
But 10 of the 101 Republican members of the House are recorded in the House Journal as voting against the resolution. And 52 who supported the resolution entered a joint Journal statement saying they do not support Obama’s overall foreign policy.
The 52 said in their statement, “While we agree with the spirit of HR 1694 in congratulating President Obama for the fine work he and his administration have done in successfully planning the execution of Osama bin Laden, we do take exception with some of the statements which could be interpreted as a blanket endorsement of the president’s policies, specifically: ‘Resolved, That the 82nd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby congratulate President Obama on his proven and successful policies in the war on terrorism and homeland security.’ Our intent was to join in honoring the significant achievement of the president and the multi-year effort of our intelligence community and military personnel in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. We want to clarify that, as supporters of this resolution, we are not endorsing all of the administration’s foreign policies.”
That group included local Reps. Paul Workman of Austin and Charles Schwertner of Georgetown.
The 10 members who voted against the resolution were Leo Berman of Tyler, Marva Beck of Centerville, Allen Fletcher of Tomball, Dan Flynn of Van, Will Hartnett of Dallas, Dan Huberty of Houston, George Lavender of Texarkana, Barbara Nash of Arlington, Debbie Riddle of Tomball and Randy Weber of Pearland.
“I support our troops, but cannot support a resolution commending Obama’s domestic handling of affairs,” Weber said in a statement he entered into the journal.
The resolution commending Obama and the military personnel, introduced by Democrats, was, in fact, heavy on praise for Obama.
At least one Republican didn’t mind.
“George Bush was our Commander-in-Chief when the terrible 9/11 happened,” said Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland. “And Democrats and Republicans stood shoulder to shoulder at that terrible day. And now that we have this victory, let’s say, that Osama bin Laden has been found and eliminated, that as Commander-in-Chief, Republican and Democrat should stand shoulder to shoulder in the celebration and the remembrance on today.”
The full resolution is below:
WHEREAS, On September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden, a sworn enemy of the United States of America, coordinated a series of monstrous and cowardly terrorist attacks that resulted in the tragic loss of 2,977 innocent lives, leading to an engagement in a war on terrorism, across many fronts;
WHEREAS, On May 1, 2011, after nearly ten years of Bin Laden’s evasion of military and intelligence forces seeking his capture, President Barack Obama declared to the nation and the world that Bin Laden had finally been killed, and that, “Justice has been done.”
WHEREAS, The president’s patience, leadership, wisdom, and determination have led directly to the demise of the most wanted man in the world, and have hardened this nations resolve to defeat the forces of malevolent fanaticism, and by destroying the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on American soil he has struck a significant and historic blow against Al Qaeda;
WHEREAS, Following the death of the perpetrator of the attacks, the family members and friends of those who lost their lives in the attacks on September 11 are able to achieve a greater sense of closure;
WHEREAS, After months of meetings of the National Security Council, led by President Obama who directed intelligence officials to zero in on Bin Laden’s whereabouts, intelligence officials devised and carefully carried out a clandestine operation, which had frequently been rehearsed in an effort to minimize casualties, both civilian and military;
WHEREAS, As Commander-in-Chief of our great nation, he boldly gave the final authorization to commence the operation to brave and highly trained members of our nations armed services;
WHEREAS, Upon hearing the news of Bin Laden’s elimination, in an impressive show of unity and in defiance of the fanatics who still today seek to destroy our free way of life, jubilant citizens expressed pride in our nation and our president by spontaneously celebrating the news in cities across the country, singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and loudly chanting “U-S-A”, and former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have offered him their congratulations;
WHEREAS, Domestically, he has acted with both initiative and organizational acumen toward the precautionary defense of our citizens, and has successfully prevented a terrorist attack on American soil during his service to our nation as president;
WHEREAS, Internationally, he has wisely exercised the use of diplomacy to nurture collaborative relationships with other nations, which has helped improve the freedom and safety of the world’s people; and
WHEREAS, President George W. Bush had the near universal support of the freedom-loving peoples and countries of the world after the attacks on September 11, 2001 when he famously pledged to defend freedom against fear, saying, “We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail,” and President Obama had the strength and wherewithal to see that pledge through to fulfillment;
and WHEREAS, Legislators in Texas reaffirm the solemn creed that we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, who stand strongly behind the president with respect to these several issues as he confronts the grave problems of national and international security; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 82nd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby congratulate President Obama on his proven and successful policies in the war on terrorism and in homeland security; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the 82nd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby commends the intelligence personnel who diligently and quietly toiled for years to uncover the whereabouts of Bin Laden, and whose achievement, while historic, may never be fully known to the public;
RESOLVED, That the 82nd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby commends the members of the armed forces who successfully and heroically carried out an incredibly sensitive mission with no military losses and with a minimal loss of civilian lives;
RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate of the United States Congress, to the governor of Texas, and to all the members of the Texas delegation to the congress with the request that this resolution be officially entered in the Congressional Record as a memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.
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