Still, by refusing to approve the mission, the message from the House was one largely of rebuke. That resolution would have authorized military involvement in Libya for the next year.
The Hastings measure fell on a 123-295 vote. That vote came one day after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to rally Democrats to support the resolution, but not all Members of the president’s party heeded the call. In total, 115 Democrats voted in favor of the resolution and 70 against.
Democrats came out more strongly against the effort to limit funds for the operation, with 149 of them essentially voting with Obama.
Since March, the U.S. and NATO allies have been engaged in bombing missions against the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The effort is intended to prevent the government from killing civilians and protesters in what has now become a civil war in the North African country.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.