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A Quick Look At Reactions In Congress

  • Rep. Newt Gingrigh, Speaker of the House
  • Sen. John McCain, Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Sen. Dan Coats, Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Sen. Jesse Helms, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Rep. Dick Armey, House Majority Leader
  • Rep. Peter King, House International Relations Committee
  • Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman, House International Relations Chairman
  • Sen.fonse Al D'Amato, (R-N.Y.)
  • Sen. Strom Thurmond, Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrigh

    "We cannot afford to have people who think that they can kill Americans without any consequence. So this was the right thing to do. We have not yet gotten assessments of the damage, but I hope that it has been very decisive."

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    Sen. John McCain
    (R-Ariz.), Senate Arm Services Committee

    "I believe we're all aware that there are people and organizations throughout the world who are bent on destroying America, everything we stand for and inflicting harm on American citizens. It is the obligation of the president of the United States to respond to those. I believe, I must add, that this adminstration for the last seven months has neglected compelling national security threats besides this ... I hope that the president will not confine his activities to just this."

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    Sen. Dan Coats
    (R-Ind.), Senate Armed Services Committee

    "I think we fear that we may have a president that is desperately seeking to hold onto his job ... I think the president has irreparably broken the bond of trust that is necessary for any president to be effective and to be a leader of the free world and I think that places the United States in a dangerous situation and for those reasons I believe the president ought to do what's best for the country and that is to step aside."

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    Sen. Jesse Helms
    (R-N.C.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    "I, for one, am exceedingly proud of the U.S. military for their valor ... Sooner or later, terrorists around the world will realize that America's differences end at the waters edge, and that the United States' political leadership always has, and always will, stand united in the face of international terrorism."

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    Rep. Dick Armey
    (R-Texas), House Majority Leader

    "The United States has an absolute duty to attack terrorism where it lives and breeds, in order to prevent future attacks on American citizens around the world. The American people stand united in the face of terrorism. The men and women who undertook this mission deserve our praise and prayers."

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    Rep. Peter King
    (R-N.Y.), House International Relations Committee,

    "At a time like this, the Republicans have to support the president. It would be dangerous for the country to speculate publicly at a time like this."

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    Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman
    (R-N.Y.), Chairman of the House International Relations Committee

    "The president has taken appropriate action in ordering military strikes ... It was important that we struck before the terrorists could mount additional attacks, and more innocent people were killed and maimed by their cowardly bombs."

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    Sen. Alfonse D'Amato

    "Terrorists are roaming the world almost at abandon. America is right to seek them out and destroy them wherever they try to hide. The action was bold and appropriate."

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    Sen. Strom Thurmond
    (R-S.C.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee

    "I was not advised of today's operations until shortly before president Clinton made his public statement regarding the strikes. Such military operations are certainly risky, and it is my sincere hope that there were no injuries or fatalities among the American personnel involved in these operations."

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