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Rising Conflict on Libya

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Sen. John McCain is working on a resolution of support for U.S. involvement in Libya but has so far had trouble rounding up votes.

Unlike the House, the Senate has not addressed the issue on the floor, and some maintain it's a lost cause to weigh in now.

"I think it's too late already. We should have [acted] a long time ago. We're irrelevant, and it's become a moot point," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who serves on the Foreign Relations panel and is closely allied with the Obama administration, said other issues were contributing to the disagreement over Libya.

"There are some that want this to be kind of a proxy debate for Iraq and Afghanistan," the Illinois Democrat said.

John Stanton contributed to this report.

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