Frustrated by the White House’s handling of the civil war in Libya, House Republicans will meet Thursday to discuss what steps Congress should take to intervene — including the possibility of backing Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s resolution calling for an end to U.S. involvement.
Although GOP support for the Ohio Democrat’s resolution is far from certain, an aide said the fact that it is even being discussed is a sign of how unhappy Republicans are. “Members are really angry with the way the administration has handled this,” a GOP aide said.
According to a GOP leadership aide, Speaker John Boehner (Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and other leaders decided to hold the special caucus meeting to discuss widespread “frustration with the administration’s failure to communicate a strategy on Libya and the proper way to move forward,” not only to the public but also to lawmakers.
Republicans said during their regular Caucus meeting Wednesday morning, numerous members complained about the situation in Libya, where early U.S. military involvement failed to bring about a swift end to the military conflict between Moammar Gadhafi and a citizen uprising.
Several members argued the party should throw its weight behind Kucinich’s war resolution.
Whether the entire House GOP will back Kucinich’s resolution is unclear; it is one of several options Republicans will discuss tomorrow, GOP sources said, and is complicated by language addressing a potential withdrawal from NATO by the U.S.
Meanwhile, Kucinich slammed the White House’s decision to hold a classified briefing with lawmakers on the war — which has resulted in a delay of the House’s debate on his resolution.
“Washington has become a cynical place, but rarely do we see manipulation for war as nakedly as we do today,” Kucinich said in a statement.
“I fully agree that the American people need more information about why we are in Libya and what our goals there are. We are now three months into the war and have yet to have an open discussion. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars later, the Administration offers a classified briefing instead of an open discussion. What are they afraid of?” he added.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.