Sunday, April 01, 2007

Pelosi Supports Motion on Hostage Crisis

Wants "Slight Adjustment" to Republican Motion

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said today that she has changed her mind and will now allow a vote on a resolution addressing the taking of 15 British sailors by the Iranians. The Speaker said that she had some initial reservations, but with some "minor adjustments" suggested by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and James Moran (D-VA), she is satisfied with the wording of the resolution.

"We feel that our new resolution will do more good than the Senate version," said the Speaker. The new resolution was described as seeking "balance" by calling for an end to the detainment of the British, and by calling on the British to "stop getting in the Iranians' personal space even if not in their territorial waters." The Speaker did give credit to Ellison and Moran for their effort to include the language that expressed concern about the role of "Israeli lobbyists" in the crisis. "This language is very important to Reps. Ellison, Moran, and much of our strongest Internet supporters" said Pelosi. "In addition, this is the kind of language with which most of my own constituents can agree."

No comment was available from the Republican Caucus. An inside source did point to the "widening Gulf that seems to be appearing in Congress."