Sunday, June 5, 2011

House Blocks Vote on Kucinich Libya Bill Over Fears It Might Pass

by Elspeth Reeve in The Atlantic


  House Republicans postponed a Wednesday vote on Rep. Dennis Kucinich's resolution to end U.S. involvement in the bombing of Libya because they were afraid it would pass. Speaker John Boehner thinks the legislation--which would take effect 15 days after it's adopted--would hurt the NATO mission to topple Muammar Qaddafi, Politico's John Bresnahan and Jonathan Allen report. Republican Dan Burton, a co-sponsor of the resolution, is urging an up-or-down vote on the resolution--sort of like Tuesday's vote on raising the debt limit, which GOP leaders held a vote on only because they were sure it would fail. (Likewise, last week Senate Democrats forced moderate Republican senators to vote on Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare overhaul just to force moderate senators to vote on it. It failed, as expected.)
GOP leaders' official reason for pulling the measure is that they need to "compel more information and consultation" from the Obama administration. But with the Libya bombing dragging on for three months--and just extended for three more--a bipartisan group of legislators is growing tired of the intervention. The House GOP is working on alternatives to voting on the legislation, like maybe having the armed services committee write back-up proposals. But they're sort of in a bind, Politico reports:
Because the Kucinich proposal relates to the 1973 War Powers Act, it is considered privileged under House rules, meaning that Kucinich could force a floor vote even if Democratic and Republican leaders are opposed to doing so. The resolution 'ripens' next week, making it possible for Kucinich to bring about a vote when Congress returns from next week's recess.
The House GOP will have a special meeting Thursday to figure out what to do next, the Associated Press reports. One option is rescheduling the vote for sometime in the future, presumably when it looks more likely to be fail.

23 comments:

  1. Kucinich is a good man... this goes great with my morning coffee :)

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  2. Don't think the Libya bombing is close to an end... NATO just deployed helicopters...

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  3. no idea since i don't follow the news anymore

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  4. It's funny how this story and the rebel's struggles against the loaylists. Thanks for this.

    btw check out my most recent post, i shouted you out on it. it's about politicl compasses.

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  5. this is so true. i cant believe people think that

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  6. There are supposedly also US special forces in Libya, without any Congressional approval whatsoever.

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  7. mm i also stopped following the news for a bit

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  8. -sigh-
    I wish i could say i was shocked but...nope.

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  9. Halliburton needs Libya destroyed so it can rebuild it.

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  10. sorry to say but i am happy that i don't live in us.

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  11. nice blog! although i am sad(and also... kind of happy) that those controversies aren't happening in my country.(in my country, there's only ripping off each other. Right or left.)

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  12. your political system is weird and very easy manipulable, or not?

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  13. Wow, politics is just so confusing, it should be much more simpler.

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  14. good insights keep on postin =D

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