June 1, 2011
Congress and Obama on Collision Course Over Libya War
“NATO and partners have just decided to extend our mission for Libya for another 90 days. This decision sends a clear message to the Qaddafi regime: We are determined to continue our operation to protect the people of Libya.
“ NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in a statement.
House Republican aides tell Power Play that a vote scheduled for today on Ohio Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s bill that would force the U.S. to withdraw from the Libyan civil war was yanked from the schedule only after it became clear that it might succeed.
“[Republican leaders] hadn’t seen much of a threat from [the Kucinich bill]. He’s kind of this marginal figure and having his resolution go down narrowly would be no big deal and might even send a message to the administration, said one of the Republican aides. “But once they saw that there was substantial support, they were like, ˜Whoa.’