The House on Friday harshly rebuked President Barack Obama's handling of the conflict in Libya and demanded the White House provide Congress with a formal justification within 14 days.
On a bipartisan 268-145 vote, the House approved Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) resolution rebuking Obama and calling for him to give Congress the reasons the United States joined a NATO-led campaign that has seen U.S. war planes bombing Libyan government and military sites. The NATO mission began in response to international concerns that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was attacking unarmed civilians and protesters, but the conflict has evolved into a civil war.
A more aggressive resolution authored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) failed on a 148-265 vote. But Kucinich's measure, which would have required the U.S. to stop Libyan operations within 15 days, did attract 87 Republicans — a testament to the increasingly anti-war sentiment in Congress.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.