The House this week will consider two resolutions on the U.S. mission in Libya, as both parties continue to be roiled by disagreement among members over U.S. participation in the NATO-led effort.
Both resolutions were to be posted online Tuesday night, meaning that they could be voted on Thursday under House rules that require legislation to be available for three calendar days before being voted upon.
One of the measures would use language similar to a resolution introduced Tuesday by Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) affirmatively authorizing the limited use of force in Libya and prohibiting ground troops.
A second resolution would “remove U.S. forces from hostilities in Libya under the War Powers Resolution except for forces engaged in non-hostile actions such as search & rescue, aerial re-fueling, operational planning, intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance, and non-combat missions.”
“It is clear that the Obama administration’s claim that targeted bombings, missile strikes and other military actions in Libya do not constitute ‘hostilities’ under the War Powers Resolution is not credible,” House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement. Boehner added that the House has “no desire to damage the NATO alliance. . . .”
“Still, the White House must not ignore its obligations to the American people and the laws of this country,” Boehner said. “If the commander in chief believes that intervention in Libya is important for our national security, he has a responsibility to make a case for it – clearly and publicly – and seek authorization.”