June 23rd, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Bill introduced in House to defund Libya operations

The House will consider a bill this week to restrict funding for U.S. operations in Libya unless the president receives prior authorization from Congress.

The bill, introduced by House Armed Services and Intelligence Committee member Rep. Tom Rooney, seeks to limit the funding of U.S. participation in NATO’s operation Unified Protector except in cases of search and rescue, surveillance, aerial refueling and operational planning.  

“The President has ignored the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, but he cannot ignore a lack of funding,” Rooney said. “Only Congress has the power to declare war and the power of the purse, and my bill exercises both of those powers by blocking funds for the war in Libya unless the President receives Congressional authorization.”

The House is expected to vote on the legislation as early as Friday.

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