Congress expects Palmeiro drug test records by end of the week |

Congress expects Palmeiro drug test records by end of the week

WASHINGTON – A House committee chairman said Sunday he expects to have all of Major League Baseball’s drug testing records for Rafael Palmeiro by the end of the week as the panel steps up its perjury investigation of the Baltimore Oriole’s star outfielder.Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, said committee attorneys and investigators will begin interviewing potential witnesses once they’ve reviewed the documents, which Palmeiro has agreed to turn over voluntarily.Palmeiro, who swore under oath before the committee earlier this year that he had never taken steroids, was suspended for 10 days by Major League Baseball last month after he tested positive for steroids. Palmeiro has said he does not know how the steroids got into his body.”I don’t think it was inadvertent in terms of getting in,” Davis said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “I know he knew he was taking something.”Davis declined to say whether he thinks Palmeiro committed perjury.”We’re a long way from that at this point,” he said. “But there are certainly some incongruities in his statement and we have a duty to investigate.”Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., a former pitcher who’s in the baseball Hall of Fame, said the Senate will hold hearings this fall on legislation that would mandate two-year suspensions for any professional athlete in a team sport who tested positive for steroids.”The hard line is for the good of the kids,” Bunning said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We don’t want children, high school or college players, trying to boost their ability to make it into the major leagues.”Vail, Colorado

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