The House bill H.R. 1 on the implementation of 9/11 Commission recommendations passed the House today by a 299-128 vote, with all Democrats and 68 Republicans voting for the bill. The AP reports on the bill’s passage:
Anti-terror legislation sailed through the House on Tuesday, the first in a string of measures designed to fulfill campaign promises made by Democrats last fall.
Patterned on recommendations of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks, the far-reaching measure includes commitments for inspection of all cargo carried aboard passenger aircraft and on ships bound for the United States.
Several Republicans criticized the legislation as little more than political posturing in the early hours of a new Democratic-controlled Congress. Democrats want to “look aggressive on homeland security. This bill will waste billions of dollars, and possibly harm homeland security by gumming up progress already under way,” said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky.
In a written statement, the Bush administration listed several objections and said it could not support the measure as drafted, but stopped short of a veto threat.