House set to rebuke Obama on Libya mission
June 24th, 2011
11:54 AM ET
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House set to rebuke Obama on Libya mission

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives is expected to officially register its disapproval of U.S. involvement in the NATO-led Libya campaign Friday, voting to restrict funding for America's role in the mission.

The Republican-sponsored bill, which would effectively prohibit U.S. offensive operations such as drone strikes, is seen as a sharp rebuke of President Barack Obama's policy in the war-torn North African country.

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  1. Bill from GA

    I guess they have so much time on their hands, since they have solved problems such as the Debt Ceiling, or their fantastic Jobs Creation Bill.

    And who cares about our Allies in NATO. They were handy when we needed them to fight bush's war in Iraq; they will probably be around when we need them again.

    June 24, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That's just symbolism. The Senate supports the Libya action.

    June 24, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Boehner needs to get control of his caucus before they totally destroy this country. I think we need to consider some random drug testing on members of Congress. Some members are delusional and have no concept of reality.

    June 24, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "It would limit the U.S. role to nonhostile actions such as search and rescue, aerial refueling, operational planning, intelligence gathering and reconnaissance"

    That's already what Obama has limited operations to. This is the "We're Going to Authorize What You're Already Doing and Cage It to Look Like We're Telling You What to Do" Bill.

    Imay not agree with how Obama went about initiating this military endeavor, but questions about the aplpicability and Constittionality of the War Powers Act aside, the fact is this: Congress sat on their thumbs and played politics despite well over 30 meetings and briefings and a 32 page report...all of which occurred prior to the deadline and all of which occurred without Congress saying much of anything for nigh on 3 months. We heard their grumblings and posturing when it all started and then they fell mostly silent on the issue while playing their games with the budget and debt and abortion rights, etc. Passing Rooney's bill now, given its substance of basically authorizing what Obama is already doing while pretending to rein him in, etc., constitutes a big fat giant admission that the entire Congress waited until the deadline was up solely to score political points, be they GOPers or Dems.

    June 24, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. juliei4

    Way to go, GOP! Way to prop up a killer that blew up a lot of people and continues to kill his own people. This may be the dumbest group of Republicans since I began following politics 59 years ago.

    June 24, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Much of the House's disapproval of the Libya campaign is being fueled by a belief that Obama failed to sufficiently consult with Congress before committing to military engagement.”

    I totally agree Obama fail to produce like WMD story this administration must take some pages from previous administration how to create a story and produce to congress

    June 24, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. They Call Me, Mister Tibbs!

    I actually heard House Speaker Boehner say that he plans to hold the President "accountable" for the use and application of military forces around the world and expecially Libya.

    Accountable? Sir, that is not your job! What ever gave you the idea that President Obama worked for YOU - reports to YOU?

    That is the underlying objective of all of these Republican politicians. They think they can backstab & marginalize the President and usurp his power and authority. Common corporate office tactics when trying to thwart progress by one of those, shall we say, UPPITY fellows.

    Pay attention folks. Some of us have lived this all our lives. I'm glad the rest of you are getting to see what others face still in 2011.

    June 24, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. john

    officially register its disapproval ? Impeach Obama for not following the war powers act.

    June 24, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    ..and when Khaddafy starts slaughtering the rebels, these loons will blame Obama

    June 24, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Expat American

    Are these the same Republicans who toasted their champagne glasses, cheered and grabbed their crotches when Bush fired missiles into Iraqi women and children during shock an awe?

    June 24, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. vet in texas

    Boy I really wonder what kind of country we would have now if the congress were this critical and objectionable in March 2003,

    June 24, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    When do we start the bombing in Syria?? In Yemen?? In every other place on the planet where governments are hurting their own people? This appears to be the Obama Doctrine. And all of it done without consulting Congress, let alone get its approval. Obama was more interested in getting UN approval! Obama is a rogue President at this point. He needs to be reeled in and removed in 2012.

    June 24, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Why do something positive, when you can try to tear down the President? This group of loons only define themselves by what they are against, rather than what they believe in. Nothing the president has done goes beyond the scope of the resolution the GOP members passed, so why are they wasting our time and money with this garbage when the debt ceiling issue needs to be......oh, that's right, they bailed on that too, because they would rather see the world crash and burn than admit their "policies" have any negative consequences.


    June 24, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. New Age Independent

    Boehner needs to get control of his caucus before they totally destroy this country. I think we need to consider some random drug testing on members of Congress. Some members are delusional and have no concept of reality.


    Again, your bias is showing badly. The reality here is that Obama could have easily received his approval. He had bipartisan support initially. Then decided to keep Congress out of the loop, fail to make his case to the public, and now sentiment is against him. He's really failed as a leader in this case. This would have been an easy win forObama, yet he's somehow turned it into a lose lose situation.

    June 24, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |