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   Ports deal sparks biggest party revolt vs. Bush

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3/8/2006 6:00 pm

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Washington Post

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Entered 3/8/2006, Updated 3/8/2006

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Republican congressional opposition to the takeover of operations at six U.S. ports by a state-owned Arab company has grown into the most serious revolt President George W. Bush has faced from his own party in the five years of his presidency, analysts said on Wednesday. Defying Bush, Republicans in the House of Representatives intended on Wednesday to attach an amendment blocking the deal to legislation providing $91 billion for states recovering from Hurricane Katrina and to finance wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That sets up a potential showdown since the legislation is seen as essential, yet Bush has threatened to veto any bill blocking the takeover of port operations by Dubai Ports World. "This is the biggest revolt Bush has faced and it comes on the issue that has been the core and heart of his presidency, namely security," said David Birdsell, a political scientist with Baruch College in New York City.


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