Semper Fi Bill

Discussion in 'Vintage Topic Archive (Sept - 2009)' started by RobertoJ, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. guys, check this out, from the XD forum

    By Doug Oakley
    Bay Area News Group
    Article Launched: 02/07/2008 01:50:00 AM PST

    A move to strip Berkeley institutions of federal funds is going forward in Congress in retaliation for last week's city council vote telling the Marines their recruiting station is not welcome in the city.

    Meanwhile, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates issued an apology Wednesday to those who serve in the military for any personal offense taken by the council declaration.

    Six Republican senators and an Orange County representative are introducing companion bills called the Semper Fi Act of 2008 that takes away $2 million, including funds from the University of California-Berkeley and a local foundation that provides lunches to the Berkeley Unified School District.

    The Senate bill was introduced Wednesday by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.; Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

    Rep. John Campbell, R-Newport Beach., introduced a companion bill in the House.

    The bills seek to take away $243,000 from the Chez Panisse Foundation, which provides school lunches for Berkeley public schools, and $975,000 from UC-Berkeley's Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service to create an endowment and catalog of papers of Rep. Robert Matsui, a press release from DeMint's Washington office said.

    A spokesman for DeMint said Wednesday that the bills would also seek to remove other earmarks, including nearly $1 million for a new ferry service and funds for public safety.

    "Berkeley needs to learn that their actions have consequences," DeMint said in the release. "Patriotic American taxpayers won't sit quietly while Berkeley insults our brave Marines and tries to run them out of town."

    Mayor Bates, a retired U.S. Army captain, said "There's really no correlation between federal funds for schools, water ferries and police communications systems and the council's actions, for God's sake. We apologize for any offense to any families of anyone who may serve in Iraq. We want them to come home and be safe at home."

    Two Berkeley city council members this week said they would ask the council on Tuesday to rescind the item declaring the Marines "uninvited and unwelcome intruders."
  2. Uraijit

    Uraijit Guest

    Hell yes! That's exactly what they should have done. Maybe they're not ALL a bunch of useless bureaucrats afterall.

  3. elguapo

    elguapo Guest

    Yep. Start from the top, in the lesson that what you do, does have consequences.
  4. awesome! i hope it passes. we really need to see more like this out of our
  5. AndrewST

    AndrewST Guest

    I hope they rip every damn dollar they can away from that school! Try and pull a stunt like that and see if you don't get a Marine sized boot in your ass!
  6. they thought they were so hip so with it now the beatniks will feel the pain of their actions hope the feds make them pay every cent they can .
  7. Rock on! Screw those pot smoking hippies to quote the great Eric Cartman.