House panel votes to block ports deal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to block an Arab-owned company from managing American ports, defying President George W. Bush who has vigorously supported the deal.

Excellent so far. Now this has to be made to stick and that means that it’s got to be in a bill that actually gets signed. I’ve read that it’s been attached to a “must pass” spending bill for Hurricane relief and for ongoing military operations in Iraq. Which means that there’s a reasonable chance it’ll pass both houses and land intact on the president’s desk. Good thing he doesn’t have that line item veto, with it he’d be able to nuke the part that blocks the port deal without having to veto the entire bill.

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