CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- Testimony is under way as Congress begins
looking into the Mitchell Report, which alleges that more than 80
baseball players have used performance-enhancing drugs.
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell outlined his inquiry to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this morning, saying it's now up to baseball officials and players to decide how they'll move forward.
Mitchell was followed to the table by baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union head Don Fehr.
Selig says he agrees with the conclusions reached in Mitchell's report and criticisms of the league, the union and the players. He vows to develop a program subjecting top Major League prospects to drug testing before the amateur draft. And he also reiterated his willingness to support use of a test for human growth hormone "when a valid, commercially available and practical test for HGH becomes reality, regardless of whether the test is based on blood or urine."
Fehr says the union has agreed to "allow players to be suspended for HGH use based on evidence other than a positive test, a so-called `non-analytical' finding."
Lawmakers began the day by calling for the Justice Department to look into whether former American League MVP Miguel Tejada lied to committee staffers when questioned in connection to the Rafael Palmeiro perjury case in 2005. Waxman says the Mitchell Report "directly contradicts key elements of Mr. Tejada's testimony" that he never used illegal performance-enhancing drugs and that he had no knowledge of other players using or even talking about steroids.