It may not have a vote with the International Olympic Committee, but the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed Tuesday Salt Lake City's bid for the 1998 Winter Olympics.
The committee does, of course, control how much U.S. foreign aid goes to countries that do have votes on the IOC, which will select an Olympic site on June 15 in Manchester, England. The resolution now goes to the full House.Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, a committee member, said the bill tells the IOC that Congress feels "Salt Lake City, to paraphrase Brigham Young, is the place - the place to host the Winter Games."
Committee members especially praised Salt Lake City for only seeking moral support from Congress - and not financial support. Buffalo, N.Y., has been seeking financial assistance to help it host the World University Games.
Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., said, "I salute the pioneering spirit of Salt Lake City, and contrast it with the less-than-pioneering spirit of Buffalonians."