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What They’re Saying About Kosovo

April 28, 1999

Some quotations from Wednesday’s debate:

``This is indeed war. We are on the verge of ground troops. Ground troops are very seriously being considered. ... We are bombing bridges that we will be asked to rebuild tomorrow. Mark my words. You know that.″ _ Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Calif., urging the House to require the administration to follow the War Powers Act of 1973 by either withdrawing U.S. troops or formally declaring war on Yugoslavia.

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``In less than 30 days, 1.6 million Albanians have been forced from their homes at gunpoint, torn from their loved ones and stripped of their identities, all because of their ethnic heritage. ... What is America supposed to do? Are we supposed to look the other way? ... We simply cannot and will not let the worst of history repeat itself.″ _ Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., in arguing against Republican efforts to limit President Clinton’s ability to widen the military campaign against Serb-led Yugoslavia.

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``I don’t believe the president can conduct a war in Yugoslavia without the consent of Congress.″ _ Rep. William F. Goodling, R-Pa., on his legislation, approved by the House, to require President Clinton to obtain congressional approval before injecting ``ground elements″ into the conflict in Yugoslavia.

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