Sen. who pushed Patriot Act: Don’t make policy after disaster

By David Edwards
Sunday, March 13, 2011 14:36 EDT
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A Republican leader who was quick to vote for the USA PATRIOT Act following the 9/11 attacks is now saying that legislators should think twice about making policy in the wake of disasters.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell if the nuclear disaster in Japan had caused him to have second thoughts about his desire to build nuclear plants in the U.S.

“I don’t think right after a major environmental catastrophe is a very good time to be making American domestic policy,” McConnell said.

“My thought about it is, we ought not to make American and domestic policy based on an event that happened in Japan, and we ought to concentrate on helping the Japanese get past this catastrophe.”

McConnell was one of 98 senators that voted to pass the PATRIOT Act less than two months after 9/11.

This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast March 13, 2011.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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