Representative Jo Ann Emerson Remarks

The following are remarks from U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-Missouri 08) on the vote to authorize the use of force against Iraq.

"With today's vote, Congress has taken a significant step toward making Iraq honor its post-Persian Gulf War commitments to the United Nations on weapons of mass destruction. The resolution the House passed takes definitive and responsible steps including diplomatic means to defend the security of this nation. If Saddam Hussein has ever doubted this nation's commitment to protecting our people and our homeland, then this overwhelming majority vote should serve as a reminder that the US is united in the effort to thwart terrorism and end Hussein's reign of terror."