Thursday, April 29, 1999

Tristate delegation mirrors split on Kosovo

Enquirer Washington Bureau

        WASHINGTON — Cincinnati-area members reflected the larger divisions in the House on Wednesday over whether to restrict President Clinton's war-making ability.

        Most members of the Tristate delegation voted against requiring an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Yugoslavian conflict, but also agreed that Mr. Clinton should seek their permission before deploying ground troops.

        “As distressed as many of us are over the Clinton administration's ill-conceived strategies in the Balkans, Congress must resist the temptation to take any action that would do further damaged to the institution of the presidency itself,” said Rep. John Boehner, R-West Chester.

        Mr. Boehner joined Reps. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park; Ted Strickland, D-Lucasville; Ken Lucas, D-Richwood; and Baron Hill, D-Sycamore, Ind., in opposing a resolution that would have required American forces to be brought home in 30 days.

        Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, was the only area member to vote for the resolution.

        “The administration's miscues have led to a disjointed strategy of gradual escalation that puts the lives of American men and women at risk,” he said in a floor speech.

        On another key question, whether the administration should seek congressional approval to use ground troops, all the Tristaters but Messrs. Boehner and Strickland voted to require him to do so.

        “I think it would be wise of the administration to bring that decision to the Congress,” Mr. Strickland said.

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