June 28th, 2011
04:48 PM ET

Senate committee clears measure backing Libyan intervention

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a joint resolution Tuesday supporting the limited use of U.S. military force in Libya for one year - a move sought by the Obama administration as it works to win clear congressional backing of the controversial North African mission.

The resolution, which explicitly rejects any introduction of U.S. ground troops, was approved 14-5. It now advances to the full Democratic-controlled Senate.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives rejected a similar measure last Friday, but also voted down a bill restricting U.S. involvement in the conflict.

Deep congressional divisions over the mission stem from, among other things, a belief among some representatives and senators on both sides of the aisle that the White House has violated the War Powers Resolution.

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  1. George Patton

    In this day and age, one can always count on our Congress to do the wrong thing. As to be expected, the worthess Senators voted to keep us in Libya and that to me reeks of some kind of a payoff or is it just that these people no longer have anything resembling a moral compass? With these worthless people, it's hard to tell!!!

    June 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    And what would YOU do, George Patton?
    Please tell us, in your infinite wisdom, what YOU would do if you were the POTUS of a sitting member of Congress.
    I truly want to know.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RagingSemi

    I wish my vote counted when it comes to wasting my money.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    I'm with you, Raging Semi!

    June 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. paul

    @RagingSemi: so true, it's kind of like that line from the Patriot "3000 men a mile a way can trample a man's rights just as easily as one man 3000 miles a way can".

    June 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    How quaint! There has been so much back & forth, we should've got in there sooner, we need to withdraw now, Obama's ignoring protocol (like other POTUS before him, btw), we're suing, etc. On 1 hand Obamas foreign policy is challenged, but when he decides to join the allied efforts to stop Ghadafis genocide threat ,it's still wrong. Even though it would be a bad foreign policy move to not engage. It seems to me the Republicans refuse to work with the Democrats, because it clashes with their agenda! 'Scuse me Mr. Politician, but your agenda should be to a) work for the people who gave you that job, b) get us the he!! out of this financial hole!! That's all I care about, right now. Don't like the Libya situation, but understand why were there!!

    June 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    PS. hope we don't use the whole year to "boost our foreign policy"! Curious how there's $$ for this!?!

    June 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. johnny under the duece

    Not were there-we're there. You can say hell here too, no need to change the spelling.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |