US House Condemns Abuse Of Iraqi Prisoners By Troops

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2004

Contact:John Godfrey

Dow Jones

"The overwhelming majority of America's troops are heroes," said House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo. "Unfortunately, in recent days, their brave and extraordinary actions have been overshadowed by the cowardly actions of a few."

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., echoed Blunt's comments, but also said that the only way to "remove that dark cloud" that hangs over U.S. troops would be for Congress to investigate and hold those responsible accountable.

Democrats sought to amend the resolution by adding language affirming "the need for bipartisan Congressional investigations to be conducted immediately." Republicans refused, saying that the language wasn't in the scope or tone of the underlying resolution.

They also noted that the resolution had been written with Armed Services Committee Democrats, but it was mostly Democrats who pushed to amend it.

"When others tried to come in and impose politics into this resolution, it was rejected," House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said. The resolution, DeLay said, was "written exactly the way it should have been."

DeLay noted that only 50 members of the House voted against the resolution. Hoyer rebutted: "You can say it was only 50, but it should have been zero."