By John Godfrey
Dow Jones Newswires
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--U.S. Congressional leaders Thursday called the suspected terrorist attacks on London commuters earlier in the day "cowardly" and "barbaric".
The U.S. Congress is in a week-long recess, but congressmen and senators were quick to react to the attacks through their press offices.
"America stands against these cowardly attacks on innocent people, and we will not falter in our efforts to rid the world of this ideology of hatred," said House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in a statement released by his office.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the attacks "on innocent men, women and children ... demonstrate again that the perpetrators of these barbaric acts have absolutely no respect for human life."
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said the nation stands "in complete solidarity with Prime Minister (Tony) Blair and President (George W.) Bush, and all the leaders of the G8 Summit, who pledged their commitment and resolve to fight and defeat this kind of extremism and hatred wherever it exists in the world."