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House GOP Defies Obama on Libya

Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:46 PM

By Dan Weil

Many Republicans oppose President Barack Obama’s policy in Libya. So it makes perfect sense that the House GOP leadership has declined to act on Obama’s request for a congressional resolution of support for U.S. military activity in Libya, The Hill reports.

The War Powers Act requires Congress to authorize military actions within 60 days after they begin or troops must be withdrawn. Republicans and Democrats alike have been unhappy with the president for failing to involve Congress more on the issue.

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Obama sent a letter to congressional leaders five days ago asking for a resolution to back the military campaign. But the House hasn’t moved, and aides on both sides of the floor tell The Hill there are no plans to consider a resolution.

Things are different in the Senate, where a bipartisan group of major foreign policy players are backing a resolution of approval.

Meanwhile, freshman Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., bluntly expresses opposition to a resolution. Congress should go ahead and squelch funding for the military mission in Libya, he told CNSNews.com on Wednesday.

“I think that we’ve gotten to the point, almost, of no return because we’ve gone over the legal term of 60 days," Rooney said.

“We’re at day 65 now. So I think we’re operating under the assumption that he’s not going to ask for authorization. We’re not going to debate this. So I think we’re at the point where we have to exercise our right not to fund it until we have a reason to."

To be sure, Rooney said he’s not necessarily opposed to our fight against Libya’s authoritarian regime.

“As I said in my testimony, going militarily into Libya might be the greatest thing in the world, but we’ve never even debated it. We haven’t had the administration come and explain why it’s important.”

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