Posted: Thursday, October 10th 2002 at 6:50pm
House approves Iraq resolution
CAPTIOL HILL - The House Thursday gave a vote of approval to the resolution giving the president the power to launch an attack against Iraq.
The vote was 296-to-133.
More than 120 Democrats voted against the measure, even though their House leader had been one of its authors.
In arguing for the resolution, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay told his colleagues that the dangers of inaction ''far outweigh'' the risks of confronting evil.
Earlier, the House rejected several Democratic alternatives.
One required the president to return to Congress for a second vote on the use of force if he decided that working with the U.N. was futile.
Another would have committed the U.S. to the U.N. inspections process but didn't authorize unilateral force.
On the other side of the capitol, the Senate is moving toward a vote to approve the resolution. It had earlier voted to end delaying tactics.
That came after Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle became the last top congressional Democrat to announce he'd vote for the resolution.
He called it a ''statement of American resolve.''
President Bush hailed the House vote.
``The days of Iraq acting like an outlaw state are coming to an end.''
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