House O.K.'s Amendment Limiting Funding fo Libya Mission
- By Jessica Brady
- Roll Call Staff
- July 7, 2011, 4:41 p.m.
Updated: 6:49 p.m.
The House narrowly voted Thursday to ban financial assistance to rebel leaders in Libya, marking the first time the chamber has voted to impose any funding limitations on the U.S. military effort in the North African nation.
The 225-201 vote, which was on an amendment to the fiscal 2012 defense appropriations bill, came after months of debate in the House over whether President Barack Obama violated the War Powers Act. Later in the evening, the House approved an amendment offered by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) that would prohibit the use of funds for missions that violate the War Powers Act. It was approved on a 316-111 vote.
“The reality is, we should not be engaged in military action of this level unless it’s authorized and funded by the Congress of the United States,” said Rep. Tom Cole, who sponsored the amendment that would ban the Defense Department from using money to assist rebel groups that want to act against Libya.
“In Libya, the president has quite simply overreached,” the Oklahoma Republican said in a floor statement.
THIS IS Good news!
The G.O.P. in other news also said NO raise of debt ceiling unless there ARE tax CUTS and spending CUTS...and that came from Boehner and Mitchell!! Folks, they're LISTENING TO US!
Do YOU think that as WE keep the pressure up that we can see more good news like this? Do YOU think that as "We The People" stay engaged (emails, faxes, petitions, boycotts, protests...) that we will win in 2012? OR do YOU think this was a "fluke"?
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