On the way to passing a $31.8-billion Homeland Security spending bill Thursday, Senate Republican leaders beat back a series of attempts — pressed by senators from states with large urban centers — to increase money for mass transit protection by as much as $1.4 billion. ***From CNN:
In the Senate's spending bill, rail and transit safety measures were allotted $100 million, a drop of $50 million from last year.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the July 7 [London bus and subway] bombings rose to 54 after a man wounded in the bus blast died in a hospital, Scotland Yard said. Thirteen others on the bus also died.So when terrorists blow up trains and buses, the GOP leadership cuts funding of rail and transit safety in half.
Some 700 people were wounded in the four bombings. Forensics experts have said it could take weeks to identify all the bodies recovered, many of which were mangled.
I must admit it -- I remain puzzled by the Republican leadership in the war on terror.