Posts tagged ‘War Powers Act’

June 27, 2011

House Fails to Block Funding for Libyan Campaign

By a vote of 238 – 180, the House rejected H. R. 2278, which would have limited Defense Department funding for the NATO Operation Unified Protector in Libya to only search and rescue, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, and operational planning. In effect, the President may still have funding for bombing missions, and technically, the use of ground troops in Libya.

The bipartisan voting was mixed, though the majority of Republicans (144) voted for the limitation on the use of funds, while the majority of Democrats (149) were opposed to limiting the funding.

June 27, 2011

House Strikes Down Libyan Campaign Resolution

H. J. Res. 68, authorizing the limited use of the United States Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya, was voted down in the House by a vote of 295 – 123.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-23) would have authorized the President to continue the use of US Armed Forces to support NATO operations in Libya for one year, and at the same time, bar the presence of ground troops there except for rescue operations.

Eight Republicans – Dent (PA-15), Dreier (CA-26), King (NY-3), King (IA-5), Kinzinger (IL-11), McCotter (MI-11), Rivera (FL-25), and Rogers (MI-8), – were joined by 115 Democrats in support of the President’s venture to aid the rebels in Libya.

June 7, 2011

House Votes Down Measure Directing President to Withdraw From Libya

House Concurrent Resolution 51 was rejected by a vote of 265-148. The resolution simply states: “Pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1544(c)), Congress directs the President to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya by not later than the date that is 15 days after the date of the adoption of this concurrent resolution.”

This direct signal to the President that he is in violation of the law was supported by 87 Republicans and 61 Democrats, led by the sponsors: Kucinich (OH-10), Braley (IA-1), Burton (IN-5), Capuano (MA-8), Conyers (MI-14), Johnson (IL-15), Jones, NC-3), Lee (CA-9), McClintock CA-4), Paul (TX-14), Stark (CA-13), and Woolsey (CA-6).


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