Senate Armed Services Committee to hold hearing on Libya next week

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing next week on the crisis in Libya.

The hearing is slated for 2 p.m. Thursday, according to a release from the committee Friday. A spokesman for the committee said that the witness list is still in being formed.

The hearing will be the first on the Senate side to examine the U.S. involvement in Libya, although the issue is also likely to come up in the panel’s Tuesday hearing on European command.

Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg is scheduled to testify at a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Libya on Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen will hold a bipartisan, classified briefing for House members on the situation in Libya at House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) request.

The hearings come as the White House faces intensifying pressure from members of Congress to clarify the U.S. mission in Libya. Thus far, only one member has announced plans for legislation related to the conflict: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) announced that he plans to introduce an amendment next week that would defund the U.S. military involvement in Libya.

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