The PJ Tatler

House votes down Obama's Libya misadventure (Update: Votes down defunding)

Overwhelming rejection from left and right:

The House has voted down a measure giving President Barack Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military action against Libya.

The vote was 295-123 on Friday. The congressional action has no immediate effect on American involvement but represents a repudiation of the commander in chief.

The vote marks the first time since 1999 that either House has voted against a military operation. The last time was over President Bill Clinton’s authority in the Bosnian war.

Update: And also votes no on defunding the operation.

The vote was 238-180. It came after the House had overwhelmingly rejected a largely symbolic measure to give President Barack Obama the authority to continue U.S. involvement in the military operation against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.

The funding measure would have barred drone attacks and airstrikes but allowed the United States to continue actions in support of NATO.