House Votes Symbolic “No” on Libya

Posted on June 24, 2011

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HALEY NELSON

President Obama is facing more opposition from the House of Representatives.

Dealing a blow to the President, the House rejected a bill to authorize debated operations in Libya in a failed 295 to 123 vote.

However, the message was left rather unclear after the House also rejected a measure that would limit funds for efforts in Libya.

Seventy Democrats voted against the Libya bill, standing with Republicans against Mr. Obama who has stated he does not need Congressional support to further Libyan operations, according to The New York Times.

Only eight Republicans authorized the measure, which was introduced Tuesday by former Presidential hopefuls Senators John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, and John McCain, Republican of Arizona.

“We don’t have enough wars going on?” asked Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, a Democrat representing Ohio, reported by The Times. “We have to wage war against another nation which did not attack us?”

Since the bill does not take away the President’s ability to fund the war, the bill’s failure to pass is purely symbolic.

Although the bill does not strip funds from the operations in Libya, Kucinich made it clear on MSNBC’s “The Place for Politics” that a bill he has sponsored will do just that if it is passed as early as next week.

Mr. Obama’s next move regarding Libya remains unclear.

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