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House Bars US Ground Forces in Libya

Thursday, 26 May 2011 02:19 PM

WASHINGTON — The House has overwhelmingly backed a measure barring any taxpayer dollars for U.S. ground forces in Libya.

On a vote of 416-5, the House backed the measure which also applies to private security contractors. The lone exception to the measure would be to rescue a member of the U.S. forces in Libya. The measure is part of a larger House defense bill that also needs Senate approval.

Lawmakers have complained that President Barack Obama has ignored the 1972 War Powers Resolution, failing to seek congressional authorization for the U.S. military operation in Libya.

Obama recently said the U.S. involvement is limited in the NATO-led operation. Obama also has said he would not send ground forces to Libya.

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