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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Plenty Of Votes To Totally Defund Libya Mission In The House

Despite the failure to pass a bill through the House of Representatives to defund the war in Libya that Obama started without congressional authority, the votes to totally defund the war are there, and 70 Democratic members that voted against the measure to defund, did so because it didn't go far enough!!

Foreign Policy reports:

The vote failed 180-238 - but, in fact, there were more than enough lawmakers to pass the measure. Of the 149 Democrats who stuck with the president, up to 70 of them are totally opposed to the Libya intervention and want to see it completely defunded as soon as possible. They voted "no" on the Rooney's bill because they thought it was too weak, did not cut off all funds, and implicitly authorized the intervention.

These 70 Democrats make up the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus, whose leadership includes Reps. Mike Honda (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ).

Quotes from individuals progressive caucus members back up Foreign Policy's assertions, plus they add a statement from the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) for those that think the individual statements were not clear enough:

The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Taskforce call on Congress and the President to immediately end our war in Libya. The US has been engaged in hostilities for over 90 days without congressional approval, which undermines not only the powers of the legislative branch but also the legal checks and balances put in place nearly 40 years ago to avoid abuse by any single branch of government.

We call on our colleagues in Congress to exercise their legitimate authority and oversight and immediately block any funding for this war. Before the Executive branch further weakens the War Powers Resolution, and before we attack another country in the name of our "responsibility to protect," we must recommit ourselves to our Constitutional duty and obligation to hold the purse strings and the right to declare war. For decades, the House recognized the need for appropriate checks and balances before another war was waged. We must do the same. We call on Congress to exhibit similar foresight by promptly ending this war and pledging to uphold the laws that characterize America's commitment to democratic governance.

If the Republican House leadership is to assert their authority on initiating acts of war and force Barack Obama to stop violating the War Act Resolution of 1973, they need to stop being complicit in allowing Obama to go war without authority to do so.

GOP, grow a spine.