Senator Earl GArrison
Senate District 9
Muskogee and Wagoner Counties
For Immediate Release: February 22, 2006
Senator Earl Garrison
Senate Urges Reconsideration of Deal to Transfer Shipping
to Dubai-Controlled Company
Oklahoma State Senate Wednesday called on President
Bush to delay the transfer of shipping terminals at
six U.S. ports to a company controlled by the government
of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Senate Resolution 65 by Senator Earl
Garrison, D-Muskogee, passed by a 38-7 vote.
Despite accusations to the contrary, Garrison closed
Wednesday afternoon’s debate by saying the measure
wasn’t intended to be partisan.
“This is a matter of our national security,”
Garrison said. “We’re asking the President
to delay the sale until there has been a thorough public
review and disclosure of the transaction.”
Proponents of the measure pointed out during debate
that two of the September 11 hijackers entered the United
States from the United Arab Emirates and that the UAE
is one of only three countries to establish diplomatic
dies with the Taliban government that helped hide al
Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Bush has threatened to veto any legislation aimed at
overturning the transfer which was approved by the Committee
on Foreign Investment in the United States, a committee
chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury.
The seven members voting against the resolution were
Senators Patrick Anderson, R-Enid; Senator Mike Johnson,
R-Kingfisher; Senator Clark Jolley, R-Edmond; Senator
Todd Lamb, R-Edmond; Senator Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa; Senator
Jim Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City; and Senator Kathleen
Wilcoxson, R-Oklahoma City.
more information contact:
Senator Garrison's Office - (405) 521-5533