Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, says such cities as Berkeley, San Francisco and Arcata, Calif., should have all federal funds cut off for declaring themselves refuges for military deserters who don't want to fight in the war.
Hansen joined with Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., and nine other House members Thursday to introduce legislation to accomplish that."I was shocked when I heard that the governing bodies of three California communities had declared their communities to be sanctuaries for deserters," Hansen, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said.
"At a time when brave men and women are literally putting their lives on the line to help preserve our way of life, I view such behavior as unconscionable. If we withhold federal monies to those states lax in enforcing speed limits, we should certainly do the same for these communities."
An incensed Hansen added, "The actions of these communities are an insult to mainstream Americans who may not like war but have rallied behind our fighting men and women as well as the president. . ..
"We cannot allow these communities to reap the rewards of being a part of this nation without shouldering their share of the sacrifice and responsibility as well," Hansen said.
"Now is the time for us to support those who have answered the call and stand willing to fulfill their obligations to country and Constitution and to turn our back on those who don't."