House Republicans to discuss resolution to end Libya intervention

Steven Nelson Associate Editor

The House Republican Caucus will discuss a resolution to encourage the end of American involvement in the Libyan conflict at a meeting Thursday afternoon.

The resolution, sponsored by Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner and co-sponsored by a bi-partisan group of 62 representatives, would express disapproval of American involvement in the NATO intervention.

On Wednesday the House delayed a vote on an earlier version of the resolution sponsored by Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Kucinich said that the decision to delay the vote was based on its high likelihood of passage. “Some are now wondering if a preliminary vote count on my resolution came out in favor,” the congressman said.

Indiana Republican Rep. Dan Burton, a co-sponsor of both versions of the resolution, has speculated that “there’s probably enough votes to pass this.”

In a Thursday press release announcing the introduction of the resolution, Turner stated that the Libya intervention “has placed us in a dangerous position and this resolution sends a clear message to the President that Congress disapproves of our role in Libya.”

Turner cited a lack of knowledge about the rebel forces being aided by the military action and stated that “since the President engaged the United States in military action in Libya, he has not explained to Congress what the U.S.’ role is, nor has he clearly outlined how that role will be carried out.”

The list of co-sponsors includes Kucinich, as well as Republican Reps. Allen West of Florida, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Darrell Issa of California, and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Speaker of the House John Boehner said Thursday that a vote on the resolution could happen Friday.