GOP attacks Dem leaders on terror

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 DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGun proposal picks up GOP support Durbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration 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 GohmertDon't create safe haven for wildlife trafficking — reject SAVES Act You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible Alabama's Roy Moore proves Trumpism is more powerful than Donald Trump MORE (Texas), Tom Price (Ga.) and Joe WilsonJoe WilsonTillerson’s No. 2 faces questions over State cyber closure GOP worries as state Dems outperform in special elections Navy official: Budget, readiness issues led to ship collisions 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.”

Patrick O’Connor