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Senate Committee Approves Use Of Force In Libya

July 4, 2011 by  

A Senate panel OK'd the use of U.S. forces in Libya.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently voted to approve a resolution backing President Barack Obama’s use of United States forces in Libya.

The panel voted 14-5 to approve the resolution that will allow the military to continue to conduct limited strikes using unmanned drones and planes, according to The Washington Times. However, the resolution explicitly forbids the use of American troops on the ground either during the conflict or afterwards.

Despite the passing of the resolution in committee, a number of senators on both sides of the aisle have been critical of the Obama Administration’s handling of the Libya situation.

“I think the administration has been cute in their response and I think it’s created a mini-firestorm in Congress by their being cute, one tick too cute,” Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told the news source.

Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.) expressed concern that the Administration’s reasoning on the War Powers Resolution could allow it to “unilaterally inject military force” on unclear humanitarian grounds, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The resolution will go now go to the Senate floor. However, the House rejected a similar resolution by a vote of 295-123, reports The Washington Times.

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