Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, shown attending a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday with Chairman John Kerry (left) and ranking member Dick Lugar, promoted U.S. military action in Libya in a meeting with House Democrats on Thursday.
“Is this the time for Congress to declare to the world — to [Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi] and his inner circle, to Gadhafi’s opponents who are fighting for their freedom and to our NATO allies, who are carrying a far heavier burden in this conflict than we are — is this the time for America to tell all of these people that our heart is not in this, that we won’t see this mission through, that we will abandon our best friends and allies on a whim?” he asked.
Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Dick Lugar intends to offer five amendments that would restrict the Kerry-McCain resolution, his office announced Thursday. The committee is scheduled to take up the resolution next week. The Indiana Republican’s amendments would prohibit the use of ground forces in Libya; narrowly define the U.S. military’s role in the operation; require periodic reports on the mission’s costs; specify that the War Powers Act applies to the Libya operation; and express the sense of Congress that Libya and Arab League nations are primarily responsible for reconstruction costs.
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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