House Passes John Boehner’s Modest Libya Resolution, Defeats Dennis Kucinich’s Measure to Withdraw Troops

Jun 3, 2011 2:28pm

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson (@JRPabcDC) reports:

In a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives approved a resolution declaring that “the President has failed to provide Congress with a compelling rationale based upon United States national security interests for current United States military activities regarding Libya” while it rejected a more forceful resolution that would have directed the president to remove U.S. armed forces from Libya within 15 days of passage.

H.Res. 292, which was introduced by House Speaker John Boehner, passed by a vote of 268-145, with one member, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., voting present. Forty-five Democrats joined 223 Republicans in voting in favor of the measure, while 10 Republicans voted against the resolution.

“We have an obligation to support our troops in harm’s way, and stand by our allies,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said on the House floor Friday morning during debate on the resolution. “This resolution puts the president on notice.  He has a chance to get this right.  If he doesn’t, Congress will exercise its constitutional authority and make it right.”

The House also voted to reject H.Con.Res. 51, a resolution introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, by a count of 148-265. Eighty-seven Republicans voted in favor of the resolution, more than the 61 Democrats who supported the measure.

Boehner’s resolution gives the Obama administration 14 days to give Congress proof that the legislature was consulted before U.S. forces were committed to enforcement of the no-fly zone and also to explain how the operation is authorized under the War Powers resolution.

The resolution also states “that the President shall not deploy, establish, or maintain the presence of units and members of the United States Armed Forces on the ground in Libya, and for other purposes.”

The Kucinich resolution would have directed the president to remove U.S. armed forces from Libya within 15 days of passage, but failed after Republicans abandoned support for the measure once Boehner presented an alternative.

 The House was poised to vote on the Kucinich resolution on Wednesday, but when the Republican leadership realized it likely had the votes to pass, the measure was pulled from the floor while Boehner constructed an alternative resolution that would placate his Republican colleagues.

Twenty-five Democrats voted against the Kucinich resolution but for the Boehner alternative, bringing the total number of Democrats that took a stand against the White House to 86.

Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnestoa and Ron Paul of Texas – the two members of the House that are running or considering running for president in 2012 – voted in favor of both resolutions.

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