House rejects bid to halt funding of military operations against Libya

July 7, 2011

The House on Thursday rejected a measure that would have withdrawn funding for U.S. military operations in Libya, although the amendment drew broad bipartisan support, including from a majority of Republicans.

The measure, which was offered as an amendment to a defense appropriations bill, failed on a 199 to 229 vote. It was sponsored by Reps. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 13 other critics of U.S. involvement in Libya.

The measure states that “none of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the use of military force against Libya.”

The vote gave members of the House another opportunity to register their growing dissatisfaction with U.S. participation in the NATO-led effort against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s regime.

Two weeks ago, the House rejected a measure to authorize the U.S. mission in Libya and a bill that would have limited funding of U.S. operations in that country. On Thursday, although the Kucinich-Amash measure failed, another Libya-related amendment, sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), passed on a 225 to 201 vote. That measure would prevent funds from being used for equipment and training related to the Libyan operation.

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