"Instead of standing with our brave men and women in uniform, Dick Durbin has chosen to stand with the most radical and liberal forces in the Blame America First crowd," said Sauerberg.
The Semper Fi Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). The act seeks to strip Berkeley, California of $2 million worth of federal earmarks. The legislation would strip Berkeley's earmarks in response to the city's decision to tell the Marine Corps that a recruiting office was "not welcome" in Berkeley and referred to the recruiters as "uninvited and unwelcome intruders." "This is reminiscent of Senator Durbin comparing our troops to Nazis and stands against Illinois values," Sauerberg said.
According to The Hill newspaper, Senators Durbin and Reid used a parliamentary procedure to block consideration of the legislation.
UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt on the House, starting out this way:
The threat by Nancy Pelosi to blind the country in both eyes because she lacks the votes to merely gouge out one is one of the most reckless, irresponsible political stunts in American history.