Iraqi schoolboys holding pictures of President Saddam Hussein printed on their books, while they sing the national anthem and praising Saddam before starting class in Baghdad, Thursday Oct. 10, 2002. (AP Photo/Jassim Mohammed).
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 ‚ÄĒ House lawmakers voted solidly Thursday to grant presidential authority to use force against Iraq, approving a resolution endorsed by President Bush and House leaders from both parties. Earlier, the last holdout among major Democratic congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, announced that he had put aside his misgivings and supported the Bush resolution, and the Senate moved toward a vote by the end of the day Friday.
‚ÄúI BELIEVE it is important for America to speak with one voice,‚ÄĚ Daschle declared.
Previously, Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat, had not signed onto the agreement moving through Congress, which was the product of negotiations between the White House and House leaders.
Daschle said the measure still has shortcomings, but he called it an improvement over the administration‚Äôs initial request for broad authority.