Congress Mulls Resolution of Condemnation

By Scott Hogenson | July 7, 2008 | 8:28 PM EDT

( - Congress is eyeballing a joint resolution that "condemns in the strongest possible terms," the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, according to a draft of the resolution obtained by

The 444-word draft resolution, which has not been formally submitted and is subject to revision, states that both the House and Senate "extends its deepest condolences to the victims of these heinous and cowardly attacks, as well as to their families, friends, and loved ones," and would designate September 12, 2001 as "a national day of unity and mourning."

But not all Members of Congress are satisfied with the draft, according to a congressional source who asked to not be identified.

"The cloakroom chatter is that the resolution needs to have something in it about the U.S. being in a state of war," the source said.

While various government officials have described Tuesday's attacks as constituting a state of war against America, others have characterized the destruction of the World Trade Center towers and part of the Pentagon as an act of terrorism.

"There are a lot of Members who would like to see the language tougher," the congressional aide said.