U.S. House again rejects defunding of Libya mission

08:32, July 08, 2011      

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U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday again defeated a measure that prohibits funding for the military campaign in Libya, but the chamber also voted to forbid the Defense Department from providing military support to the Libyan rebels.

The measures voted in the House were amendments in a 649- billion-dollar defense budget that is to go into effect on Oct. 1. The chamber first voted 229-199 to reject an amendment that would prohibit the use of defense dollars to continue U.S. participation in the NATO-led mission in Libya.

The House then voted 225-201 to adopt another amendment in the budget forbidding the Pentagon from providing military equipment, training, advice or support to the Libyan rebels.

The House in June defeated a resolution that would pull most funding for the U.S. military mission in Libya.

The House is expected to vote Friday or early next week on the defense spending bill. The budget is expected to face strong opposition in the Senate.

Source: Xinhua
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