House GOP committee backs Administration military commissions

The Washington Times reports:

A House panel yesterday approved a bill backing the Bush administration’s approach to the treatment of terrorism suspects, although the number of Republican lawmakers breaking with the White House on the issue is growing.

The House Judiciary Committee approved on a 20-19 vote a bill that would closely follow Bush administration requests on guidelines for interrogations and trials of detainees in the war on terrorism, with Democrats picking up two Republicans to oppose it.

Earlier in the day the Republican-controlled committee hadn’t mustered enough votes to approve it because a few Republicans were absent, and the bill was killed, 20-17. After rounding up their troops, Republicans held a series of procedural votes and eventually approved the measure.

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