With her sister Linda, and Maxine Waters voting with her, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (47th CD, Garden Grove) could not support a house bill earlier this week which would cut off American aid to any country that fails to extradite suspects in the killing of federal, state or local law enforcement officers:
June 28, 2005
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House tonight overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill offered by Reps. Bob Beauprez (R-Colo.) and Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) that will cut foreign aid to countries who refuse to extradite cop killers back to the U.S. for trial. The amendment passed by a vote of 327-98.
See also: House vote squeezes Mexico.
Update (7/2): House votes to limit U.S. aid to Mexico, in part,
"Countries refusing to extradite cop killers and other serious offenders should not be rewarded by receiving American foreign assistance," Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, who voted for the measure, said in a statement.
He was joined by Reps. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino; Ken Calvert, R-Riverside; Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks; Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar; Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach; Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena; and Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks.
Voting against the measure were Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles; Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys; David Dreier, R-Glendora; Jane Harman, D-El Segundo; Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands; Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Long Beach; Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs; Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood; Hilda Solis, D-El Monte; and Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles.
Dreier spokeswoman Jo Maney said the congressman voted against the amendment "because its unintended consequence would be eliminating aid to Mexico for enhancing border security, eradicating drugs and reducing their illegal entry into the U.S."
Dreier's statement is ludicrous, but even more amazing is that our government actually gives the Mexicans money to completely fail at border enforcement, drug interdiction and maintaining their people within their own country.