By The Hill Staff - 06/21/05 12:00 AM EDT
House Republicans yesterday jumped on remarks made last week by Democratic congressional leaders regarding the war on terrorism.
The attack came one week after Republican Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) introduced a bill requiring Congress to determine a timeline for the pullout from Iraq.
During a weeklong series of one-minute floor statements, Republicans are expected to criticize comments made by Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinDNC event calendar Opioid package clears key Senate hurdle Overnight Healthcare: Feds defend ObamaCare's affordability MORE (D-Ill.) about the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, which he compared to that meted out by the Nazis and in the Soviet gulags, and other remarks made Thursday by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) about the war in Iraq.
“Leader Pelosi and the Democratic leadership should support our troops instead of spreading inflammatory statements,” House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said yesterday in statement put out by his office.
Pelosi questioned the success of the overall war effort during debate about the Defense Appropriations bill.
The Republican Conference office, led by the staff for Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (Ohio) and Vice Chairman Jack Kingston (Ga.), will coordinate the one-minute messages throughout the week. In addition, Republican Reps. Mike Conaway (Texas), Louie GohmertLouie GohmertGOP rep: Trump ‘courageous’ for giving Cruz speech GOP bill would block undocumenteds from military service GOP rep Gohmert: Obama has ‘divided us more than ever’ MORE (Texas), Tom Price (Ga.) and Joe WilsonJoe WilsonAutomotive industry promotes security best practices Overnight Healthcare: Mysterious new Zika case | Mental health bill in doubt | Teletraining to fight opioids Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation MORE (S.C.) held an afternoon press conference to condemn the remarks.
In an email, Pelosi’s spokeswoman Jennifer Crider said, “It is absolutely absurd for Republicans to question Democrats strong support for our troops — it’s a disservice to the honorable men and women bravely serving in Iraq.”