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Helms Pleased With Way Nation, Government Has Handled Crisis

Posted October 26, 2001

— It may be weeks before things get back to normal at the Capitol Building in Washington. Even North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms has been kicked out of his office, but he says he is still getting work done.

Helms and a skeleton staff have managed to conduct business in their cramped, makeshift office.

"We're here and I'm casting votes. I haven't missed a vote since this happened, but I want to get back to work and do it the old way," he says.

In spite of the inconveniences, the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been deeply involved in America's war on terrorism. In three decades, Helms has never shied away from criticizing the president on various international issues, but he has strong praise for the way the Bush administration and our allies have handled this crisis.

"Tony Blair, the prime minister of Britain, is a nice guy. He's a little on the liberal side, but I've been so pleased with the way he put Great Britain on our side," he says.

Helms says he is also pleased with the way the government has been handling the anthrax threat in spite of the difficulties it has created.


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