Clinton Argues for Libya Mission on Eve of Vote

June 23, 2011 - 3:29 PM

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2011, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on American policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to make the case for continued U.S. military involvement in Libya as the House moves toward a vote on cutting off money for military attacks.

Clinton met privately with House Democrats on Thursday, and they say she presented a strong argument for U.S. participation in the NATO-led mission.

House Speaker John Boehner is indicating that the House will have votes Friday on Libya. He says Republicans aren't trying to undermine NATO or upset allies, but the issue is President Barack Obama's decision not to seek congressional authorization for the operation, now in its third month.

The House is to consider a resolution authorizing the operation and a bill that would cut off funds for such actions as drone attacks and airstrikes.