Boehner: Critical National Security Program Will Continue; Terrorist Tribunal Bill on House Floor Next Week
WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today praised the tentative agreement reached between the Bush Administration and congressional Republicans to preserve the national security program for detaining and interrogating terrorists and move forward with legislation to authorize military tribunals to bring suspected terrorists to justice:
"Preserving this critical program is a victory for the American people because it gives the President the tools he needs to effectively wage and win the war against terrorism. Republicans believe this national security program must continue because it has saved American lives and helped prevent terrorist attacks. Continuing this program will ensure we can put the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and other terrorists on trial for their crimes and bring them to justice. We will work with the White House, our House and Senate colleagues, and especially our committee chairmen to hammer out the final details of this agreement and move this legislation to the House floor next week.
"The Democrats have a choice: they can either work with Republicans to preserve this crucial program or move to shut it down and continue to oppose every responsible effort to provide President Bush with the tools he needs to keep America safe. The American people want solutions about how best to address dangerous threats posed by terrorism, and it's time for Democrats to work with Republicans in a responsible manner to combat terrorism both at home and abroad."