November 15, 2002

Thank you, John McCain!
The White House and key members of Congress agreed Thursday to create an independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Supporters expect it to be approved before Congress adjourns for the year.

The compromise came days after it appeared that the White House had blocked action on a commission, whose findings could embarrass pResident Bush on the eve of the 2004 election. Under the compromise, Bush would get to name the chairman; Democratic leaders in Congress would pick the vice chairman. The panel will have five Democrats and five Republicans. Victims' families claimed a partial victory by getting the White House to allow McCain, a maverick who often disagrees with Bush, to have input on the appointment of one Republican member. Link here.

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