Bush may call Congress back, 2 senators say

November 29, 1990|By New York Times News Service

WASHINGTON -- President Bush is considering calling Congress back into session within the next 10 days to consider the use of force in the Persian Gulf, two senior Senate Republicans said yesterday.

Minority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., who met with the president yesterday afternoon, said the odds were "better than 50-50" for a special session. Mr. Dole said the session was likely before Christmas, a view echoed by Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, the senior Republican on the Armed Services Committee.

Neither senator offered details about the specific purpose of the session, but senior congressional officials who asked not to be identified said they expected the president to seek congressional adoption of a resolution similar to the one that is scheduled to be voted on by the U.N. Security Council today.

That resolution would authorize the United States to use force to eject Iraqi troops from Kuwait if they have not been withdrawn by Jan. 15.

At the White House, presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said that "there has been no decision to ask for a special session."

Reconvening Congress would mark a reversal for Mr. Bush, who opposed earlier suggestions for a special session. But the White House was hopeful that the expected passage of the U.N. resolution would lend momentum to congressional action supporting the administration.

Democratic leaders generally have argued that the economic sanctions imposed on Iraq in August should be given more time to work. Representative Richard A. Gephardt, D-Mo., made that point yesterday, announcing his opposition to the use of military force in the near future.

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