House May Pass Bill to Defund Libya -- Sort Of

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
June 23 2011 4:50 PM

House May Pass Bill to Defund Libya -- Sort Of

Tomorrow, the House will vote on a resolution from Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., to "limit the use of funds" that can be spent on the kinetic military action in Libya. And the word is that it might pass. Would it die in the Senate? Sure: The game there is on a weaker resolution coming from John Kerry and John McCain. But Rooney's resolution isn't a pure "defund the war" measure, either. It includes this exception:

The limitation on funds under subsection (a) does not apply with respect to—

(1) search and rescue;

(2) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance;

(3) aerial refueling; and

(4) operational planning.


It suggests, as a lot of the talk around this suggests, that opposition to what's going on in Libya is only partly about the war and the Constitutionality of it; it's about Congress getting the run-around from the White House as the operation's conducted. That's been a stupid mismanagement on the White House's part, and it's created critics out of would-be supporters.

"What's the message to the White House?" said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., a critic of the way the White House has handled this. "I'm trying to figure that out. There's a desire to enforce the War Powers Resolution."

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics


War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

The One National Holiday Republicans Hope You Forget

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.


It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

Politico Wonders Why Gabby Giffords Is So “Ruthless” on Gun Control

Sept. 23 2014 4:45 PM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
Sept. 23 2014 6:40 PM Coalition of the Presentable Don’t believe the official version. Meet America’s real allies in the fight against ISIS.
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Lead Security Engineer Had a Legacy of Sabotage
Sept. 23 2014 1:57 PM Would a Second Sarkozy Presidency End Marriage Equality in France?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 8:38 PM “No One in This World” Is One of Kutiman’s Best, Most Impressive Songs
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 5:36 PM This Climate Change Poem Moved World Leaders to Tears Today
  Health & Science
Sept. 23 2014 4:33 PM Who Deserves Those 4 Inches of Airplane Seat Space? An investigation into the economics of reclining.
Sports Nut
Sept. 23 2014 7:27 PM You’re Fired, Roger Goodell If the commissioner gets the ax, the NFL would still need a better justice system. What would that look like?