Measure barring funding for Libya mission fails in U.S. House

11:11, June 25, 2011      

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A resolution that bars most funding for the U.S. military mission in Libya failed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, shortly after another measure authorizing the Libya mission suffered the same fate.

The resolution, offered by Rep. Tom Rooney and supported by House Republicans, strikes current-year defense funding for the Libya mission except for search and rescue, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, aerial refueling and operational planning. It failed the House on a 180-238 vote.

The vote gave the White House a somewhat surprise victory in its spat with the Congress on war powers, as the measure had reportedly garnered enough support to pass.

The House earlier in the day voted to defeat a measure authorizing the U.S. mission in Libya, which was designed to approve limited operations for one year but disallow the use of ground forces.

Source: Xinhua
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