"In the last Congress, Democrats tried to move forward with tough and smart solutions to keep the homeland safe. Unfortunately, those of us who tried to follow the Commission's roadmap hit nothing but speed bumps. "In 2005, we tried to increase funding for first responders by $1.6 billion. Our effort was rejected on a party-line vote. "Days later, we tried to restore $1 billion to the COPS Program, so important for law enforcement throughout the country. We were rejected again along party lines. "In July 2005, just days after the subway bombings in London, the Senate considered legislation that would have improved security on rails. Again, with a party-line vote, we went down. "That same day, the Senate voted on legislation to allocate money to secure our ports. The measure fell along party lines. "The end result of this obstruction: America today is not as safe as it can be, should be, or must be."And Reid could have mentioned many more of these instances, including multiple attempts by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to get better communications equipment for first responders and a bill by Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that would have provided critical funding for air-cargo security screening. True to what we've seen of a Republican administration filled with so many Chickenhawks, this shines a bright light on how the GOP talks tough on national security, but seldom backs up that rhetoric with action or deeds. With 21 Republican Senate seats up for grabs in 2008, this will be excellent and valid information to share with voters You can read more from Bob at BobGeiger.com.