HOUSE DEMOCRATS VOTE TO KILL DETAINEE TRIBUNAL BILL
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7th District) issued the following statement today after all 17 Democrat members of the House Judiciary Committee voted to oppose H.R. 6054, the Military Commissions Act. The Judiciary Committee passed the bill with Republican support.
"The American people understand that we're at war and expect us to act accordingly," Blackburn said. "That's why Republicans' support a detainee tribunal system.
"Prior to September 11th we viewed terrorism as a law enforcement problem. America attempted to prosecute individuals like those who carried out the first World Trade Center bombings as criminals, not terrorists committing acts of war. The old law enforcement approach was a dismal failure, and it's our responsibility to address that failure.
"The detainees are not uniformed members of a foreign nation's military and should not be treated as such. The President is right to request that Congress create a system specifically designed for terrorist detainees. It is my view that Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution empowers Congress to take this action, and September 11th is more than sufficient reason for action.
"I am disappointed our Democratic colleagues have fought this necessary anti-terrorism effort, but not surprised. House Republicans will continue moving forward to be certain America is battle ready as we fight to defeat terrorism."