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Conaway Continues to Fight the Release of Detainee Photos

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Washington, June 11, 2009 | Anna Harris (202.225.3605) | comments
“Today’s overwhelming, bipartisan support for the Motion to Instruct Conferees is a positive step towards in halting the release of detainee photos that, according to our commanders, Generals Petraeus and Odierno, would further endanger the lives of our men and women currently in combat. This vote should send a clear signal to Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Leadership of the House that any continued action to allow these photos to be released is absolutely unacceptable."
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In light of the House overwhelmingly passing the Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 2346, the War Supplemental, Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX), who is leading the fight on this issue in the House, made the following statement regarding H.R.2712, the Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act of 2009:

“Today’s overwhelming, bipartisan support for the Motion to Instruct Conferees is a positive step towards in halting the release of detainee photos that, according to our commanders, Generals Petraeus and Odierno, would further endanger the lives of our men and women currently in combat. This vote should send a clear signal to Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Leadership of the House that any continued action to allow these photos to be released is absolutely unacceptable.  I strongly urge Speaker Pelosi to fight for the will of the House and insist that the Senate language prohibiting the release of detainee photos be included in the final conference package. Today’s vote clearly shows that protecting our soldiers is not Republican issue or a Democratic issue, it’s a bipartisan issue.”

Among other items, the motion passed today instructed the conference committee to recede to the Senate amendment that prohibits the release of specific detainee photographs in the event that the Secretary of Defense certifies, in consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the disclosure of photographs that would endanger citizens of the United States or members of the Armed Forces. The motion passed 267-152 with 95 democrats joining 172 republicans in voting yes (Roll Call 329).

Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX) is a member of both the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees.

 

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