Bill Makes Private Contractors in Iraq Subject to U.S. Court Prosecution

The House of Representatives passes a bill that would make all private contractors working in Iraq and other combat zones subject to prosecution by U.S. courts.

It's the first major legislation of its kind to pass since a deadly shootout in Sept. involving Blackwater employees.

Senate Democratic leaders say they planned to follow suit with similar legislation and send a bill to President Bush as soon as possible.

The FBI is currently leading an investigation into the Sept. 16 shootout, although administration officials acknowledge they are unsure whether U.S. courts would have jurisdiction in the case.

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