Congressional Democrats are increasingly concerned about the President's plan to bring Guantanamo detainees to the United States for trial, as a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday to block it.Chuck Schumer is behind the opposition. I can feel it. Schumer's catching major heat in New York City for Barry's stupidity here, his approval ratings are dropping and he's the mentor to junior senator Kristen Gillibrand, who may or may not be facing a tough race for Billary's old seat seat soon from Harold Ford come November. Funny what it takes for the idiots on the Left to use some common sense.
Eighteen senators, including two Democrats and one Independent, unveiled a bill Tuesday to withhold funding the President requested to try terror suspects in civilian courts.
"It's an unusual thing we're doing here," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-CT. "We are trying to use Congress' power of the purse to stop these trials."
The move comes a day after the President requested in his budget a boost in homeland security funding to help pay for the transfer and trials of detainees on U.S. soil.
One of the Democratic co-sponsors is Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, who is facing a tough re-election battle this year.
When asked by CNN if the White House is being tone deaf in asking Democrats like her to support bringing Guantanamo detainees to the U.S., Lincoln replied: "I think I would be tone deaf if I didn't respond to the people who I believe are very concerned about how this is happening, and if I wasn't speaking out and speaking my mind. It's why I'm here today."
"I think its important for the administration to hopefully hear from those of us who do have grave concerns," said Lincoln.
A similar Senate measure got 55 votes in November, not enough to meet a 60 vote threshold to pass.