Boehner Pushes New Libya Resolution
Speaker John Boehner on Friday will introduce a resolution giving the Obama administration 14 days to provide Congress with a justification for involvement in the Libyan revolution, a bid by the GOP to make an end run around a more forceful Democratic demand for an end to U.S. operations.
The House will vote on the measure Friday as well.
Boehner outlined the resolution in a meeting with his members Thursday, Republicans said. The resolution would assert that the White House has not yet sought authorization for the war and Congress has not granted that authority. It would also reiterate opposition to sending in ground troops.
Currently, the U.S. is participating in a NATO-led mission by conducting air strikes on Libyan government and military positions, an operation that began as an attempt to prevent dictator Moammar Gadhafi from attacking his own citizens.
According to one source, Boehner pushed back against GOP support for a stronger resolution authored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). That resolution would have required the U.S. to cease participating in the Libyan conflict in 15 days.
Boehner argued that it would be politically dangerous to essentially turn over the floor to Kucinich, this source said.
Republicans indicated Boehner’s alternative had received a positive reception. Rep. Renee Ellmers said she thought the resolution was a good solution.
“It answers the questions a lot of us have. … The Speaker has put together a good piece of legislation,” the North Carolina Republican said.
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, agreed: “In the situation we find ourselves in now, I think it’s appropriate.”
The resolution appears to have sucked some of the momentum out of Kucinich’s sails. When asked whether he thought Republicans may vote for both his and Boehner’s bills, Chabot said, “I think there will be some, but it won’t be a huge number.”
Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), a co-sponsor of Kucinich’s bill, declined to say whether he would vote for it. “I’ll have to talk to you about that later,” he told reporters.