Washington (CNN) – Frustrated rank-and-file House Republicans Wednesday pushed their leadership to go further in rebuking President Obama over his handling of Libya, pressing GOP leaders to schedule a vote to defund the military mission.
The bill, which the House could vote on as early as Friday, is a much stronger statement than the non-binding resolution leaders originally introduced that called for removing U.S. forces from hostilities in Libya.
The legislation was still being finalized, but unlike the resolution leaders had planned to vote on this week, it ups the ante and exercises Congress' power to control spending. Even if the bill were to pass the House, it would be tough to get it through the Senate. But the vote sets up a much stronger political clash with the White House, as members express growing irritation at the Administration's view it didn't need to consult Congress.
According to a senior GOP leadership aide–who asked not to be named because the language of the bill was still being worked on–the new legislation would not allow funding for U.S. forces engaged in hostilities in Libya. But the aide said it would "not cut the rug out of NATO," allowing continued funding for limited activities such as surveillance.
Leaders had originally planned to hold two votes Thursday – one that mirrored language by Senators John McCain, R-Arizona, and John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, which would authorize the current mission in Libya for one year. House Speaker John Boehner said that measure was expected to fail. The GOP leaders' second resolution directed the president to remove all U.S. forces "from hostilities with respect to Libya."
But at a special meeting Wednesday for all House Republicans to discuss their planned votes, members made it clear that the resolution wasn't strong enough and they felt it was time to go on record defunding the mission.
"You can do resolutions till you're blue in the face. If they go over to the Senate and they don't go anywhere, what are we going to do next week –another resolution saying we really don't like what the president is doing?" asked Rep.Tom Rooney, R-Florida. "Or are we going to pull the trigger and cut off the faucet?"
Florida Republican Allen West criticized the original version the leaders drafted, saying "I just think the [leadership resolution] basically keeps things the status quo."
West said it was time to cut off funding, saying "we're kind of cash strapped in our country right now and the last thing we need to do is be engaged in another combat theatre of operations."
Obama should have stayed out of Libya. Then, the Repubs would be forcing him to accept money to get involved in the fray.
It amazes me that our leaders have time to do all of this political posturing instead of their job of running our government. They are so worried about Libya but not worried about fulfilling our responsibilities to our allies. How do these people get voted into office?
And these useless voted help to crate jobs how?
Wow..Republicans never cease to amaze me. Just when I think that they can't stoop any lower, they do. Really Republicans? I mean really? How can you even do this with a straight face after having supported all of the crooked, expensive, even fatal excursions of W?....Its sickening. You know at some point you would think that you would just be ashamed to stoop so low, or be ashamed to appear so unabashedly self-serving, power-hungry and opportunistic. But I guess not....This Congress has certifiably, categorically lost its collective mind!
if we had a Republican for a president and the Dems tried this what would the righties be doing right now? They'd be going ballistic.
Republican president bogged down in Iraq spending us into $1 TRILLION of debt? Eh, no problem, he's a Republican! Democratic president providing support to NATO allies to remove an actual terrorist dictator? DE-FUND!
Get tha pattern here? The Republican Party are TRAITORS. They accused the left of being traitors because we opposed Bush, but we were right about that war the entire time. The GOP actually ARE doing everything they can to prove that they hate the United States and our people.
good thats a start .. now afganistan
Where were these republicans from 2002 to 2008