Obama Wins One, Loses One in House Over Libya

Symbolic measure to cut off funds fails
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2011 11:46 AM CDT
Updated Jun 24, 2011 1:27 PM CDT
House Rebukes Obama Over Libya
President Obama pauses as he tours Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center Friday in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – House Republicans wanted to deliver a one-two rebuke to President Obama today over Libya, but they'll have to settle for half that:

  • Good news for Obama: A GOP-led measure to cut off funds for the military operation failed 238-180. It was a surprise victory for the administration, notes the Los Angeles Times.
  • Bad news for Obama: Lawmakers rejected a proposal to authorize the action for another year on a bipartisan vote of 295-123. Seventy Democrats voted against the president, notes AP.

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The cutoff of funds would have been a largely symbolic gesture because the Senate wasn't expected to go along. Click to read how public support of the US military action is waning or to read the White House rationale on why the War Powers Act doesn't apply. (Read more Libya stories.)

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