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Rep. King's terror-trial protest: NYC v. DC

Rep. Peter King appears to be rallying many New Yorkers against the Obama Administration’s plan to try the 9/11 plotters’ in a Lower Manhattan courtroom, as he did Friday in a New York City Council hearing.
        But King, a Seaford Republican, has not been as successful in getting other members of the New York congressional delegation to sign on to his recently introduced bill to cut off Justice Department funding for the trials.
        All but two of the other 28 have taken a pass, according to the Library of Congress website Thomas.
        The only two signing on as co-sponsors are upstate Rep. Christopher Lee, the only other Republican from New York in Congress, and Staten Island’s Rep. Michael McMahon, a Democrat in a Republican district.
          Overall, Democrats – except those who see a political tactical advantage – see this as a GOP bill. Seventeen of the 19 co-sponsors are Republicans. Meanwhile, neither of New York’s senators, Charles Schumer or Kirsten Gillibrand, have signed on to any bills being floated in Congress’s other chamber to defund the 9/11 trials. Most of those bills also are sponsored by Republicans.
But Schumer doesn’t need legislation when he has the ear of the White House.
             Right after the November announcement of the Manhattan 9/11 trial, Schumer secured an Obama administration promise to pay for New York City’s security for the the trials, a lever he has used with White House aides as the city’s costs ratcheted upward.
              Quiet and seemingly neutral at first, Schumer has dropped that pose. Now he says: “It’s as plain as the nose on your face” there can’t be 9/11 trials in New York City.

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