House weighs resolutions on US role in Libya

June 3, 2011 - 9:44 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is poised to reproach President Barack Obama for dispatching U.S. forces against Libya without getting congressional approval.

The votes Friday on two resolutions marked the first significant debate on the issue since Obama launched air strikes against Moammar Gadhafi's forces in March. Republicans and Democrats criticized the president for ignoring Congress' constitutional authority to declare war.

The House was likely to pass a resolution by Speaker John Boehner opposing U.S. ground forces in Libya and demanding specifics on the operation and its costs from Obama in 14 days. A separate resolution by Rep. Dennis Kucinich to end U.S. involvement was expected to fail.

The measures were unlikely to have any impact on the U.S. military's role logistical and intelligence support in the NATO-led operation.