The Cardinal of Westwood
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September, Rep. Jerry Lewis led the first congressional delegation
to visit postwar
was at the forefront of efforts to quickly pass
an emergency spending bill to fight terrorism after Sept. 11. He
has since helped President Bush pass four supplemental spending
bills and has been one of the strongest supporters of the war in
Iraq and international anti-terrorism efforts. Lewis has led congressional
fact-finding delegations to the Middle East over the past few years,
the most recent of which was in September to postwar Iraq.
have never been more proud to be a member of Congress," says
Lewis. "Our delegation held a reception for members of the
Coalition Council at a downtown Baghdad hotel, which was bombed
that very morning. We were advised to cancel, but as it turned out,
40 to 50 members of the coalition, with a full range of political
views, attended the reception."
describes standing on an Iraq hillside and seeing clothing remnants
through the mounds of dirt. "Throughout the country, those
hills were the burial grounds for more than half-a-million people,"
he says. "At the same time, you could see families still looking
for remains or keepsakes from loved ones who had been killed."
the delegation visit, Lewis was prepared for a tough vote on emergency
spending in Iraq, but all 17 members of the delegation, representing
both parties and a broad range of attitudes, supported the president's