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COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
HENRY J. HYDE, Illinois, Chairman BENJAMIN A. GILMAN, New York
TOM LANTOS, California JAMES A. LEACH, Iowa
HOWARD L. BERMAN, California DOUG BEREUTER, Nebraska
GARY L. ACKERMAN, New York CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH, New Jersey ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA, American DAN BURTON, Indiana
Samoa ELTON GALLEGLY, California
DONALD M. PAYNE, New Jersey ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida
ROBERT MENENDEZ, New Jersey CASS BALLENGER, North Carolina
SHERROD BROWN, Ohio DANA ROHRABACHER, California
CYNTHIA A. MCKINNEY, Georgia EDWARD R. ROYCE, California
EARL F. HILLIARD, Alabama PETER T. KING, New York
BRAD SHERMAN, California STEVE CHABOT, Ohio
ROBERT WEXLER, Florida AMO HOUGHTON, New York
JIM DAVIS, Florida JOHN M. MCHUGH, New York
ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York JOHN COOKSEY, Louisiana
WILLIAM D. DELAHUNT, Massachusetts THOMAS G. TANCREDO, Colorado
GREGORY W. MEEKS, New York RON PAUL, Texas
BARBARA LEE, California NICK SMITH, Michigan
JOSEPH CROWLEY, New York JOSEPH R. PITTS, Pennsylvania
JOSEPH M. HOEFFEL, Pennsylvania DARRELL E. ISSA, California
EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon ERIC CANTOR, Virginia
SHELLEY BERKLEY, Nevada JEFF FLAKE, Arizona
GRACE NAPOLITANO, California BRIAN D. KERNS, Indiana
ADAM B. SCHIFF, California JO ANN DAVIS, Virginia
DIANE E. WATSON, California MARK GREEN, Wisconsin
THOMAS E. MOONEY, SR., Staff Director/General Counsel
ROBERT R. KING, Democratic Staff Director
HILLEL WEINBERG, Counsel
KIRSTI GARLOCK, Counsel
Amendment to H.J. Res. 114, offered by the Honorable Nick Smith,
The Honorable Henry J. Hyde: Prepared statement
of Nebraska: Prepared statement
of New York: Prepared statement
The Honorable Earl Blumenauer: Prepared statement
AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY
FORCE AGAINST IRAQ
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2002
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, DC. The Committee met, pursuant to call, at 5:10 p.m. in Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Henry J. Hyde (Chairman of the Committee) presiding.
Chairman HYDE. The Committee will come to order.
Pursuant to notice, I now call up House Joint Resolution 114, Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq for purposes of markup and move its favorable recommendation to the House.
It is the intention of the Chair to recognize Members to make opening statements on the resolution tonight. I do not intend to recognize anyone for the purpose of offering an amendment, and accordingly, I do not anticipate any votes in the Committee this evening.
The Chair will now recognize Members to strike the last word on the pending-I am sorry. The Chair will recognize Ranking Member Tom Lantos to strike the last word.
Mr. LANTOS. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Let me first commend you for calling today's markup of this historic resolution. You have insisted, with my full support, that our Committee's prerogatives be respected.
I think every Member of our Committee on both sides of the aisle deeply appreciates it. I know we will have a lively and spirited debate, both today and tomorrow.
I also support your decision to allow every Member to make an opening statement. The question of authorizing the use of force against Iraq is one of the most important issues that Members of Congress will vote for, and I think every Member must be given a full opportunity to express his views.
Let me also say at the outset, Mr. Chairman, that not only every Member of this Committee, but every Member of Congress in both the House and the Senate is viewed by me as a patriot whose views are fully entitled to respectful listening; and I deeply deplore some recent statements questioning the loyalty of some Members of Congress because of their views. This is a democracy where the widest diversion of views prevails. Our ability to express our views freely and openly and without anybody questioning our loyalty or patriotism is critical.