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Archive for Sunday, September 16, 2001

Lone congressional holdout explains vote

September 16, 2001

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— One by one, members of the House stood up Friday night to voice their full support for granting President Bush authority to use "all necessary and appropriate force" against those responsible for the deadliest terrorist assault in U.S. history.

Except for Rep. Barbara Lee, a Democrat from Oakland, Calif., who opposed the resolution that earlier in the day passed the Senate unanimously. The House approved the measure, 420-1.

After agonizing, Lee said she came to her decision earlier Friday in the day while attending the memorial service at the National Cathedral for the victims of Tuesday's attacks.

"As a member of the clergy so eloquently said, 'As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore,' " she said.

Lee, 55, is the daughter of a retired Army officer

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