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Tuesday
Jun212011

GOP Rep. Seeks to Cut Off Libya Funding; Obama ‘Violating the War Powers Act’

Bill Clark/Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- As bipartisan frustration mounts over President Obama’s actions in Libya, a Republican lawmaker is moving to cut off funding for U.S. efforts unless the president gets congressional approval.

Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., filed a bill Tuesday that would shut down funding for the operations within 30 days, with the exception of money spent to withdraw American assets from the region.

“We went into Libya with no notification, no request for congressional authority or approval -- violating the War Powers Act. We're not sure what the actual final objective is,” Heck, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told ABC News Tuesday.

“So there is a very difficult situation where we find ourselves in a Congress. We all want to support our troops and make sure that our military has the tools they need to do the job. But the president has failed to come to Congress to ask for the authority that is required by the War Powers Act.”

Heck’s proposal would go further in constricting the Obama administration than most Republicans -- and many Democrats -- would. But House leaders are pressing for some type of action on Capitol Hill this week to register bipartisan disapproval -- and potentially threaten funds for U.S. operations.

Heck, a freshman Republican, said he would be pushing his legislation regardless of who’s in the White House.

Regarding the president’s new strategy on Afghanistan -- which will be announced in a speech to the nation Wednesday -- Heck said a troop drawdown needs to be “conditions-based.”

“It’s got to be conditions-based -- it can't be based on a strict calendar and a strict set of numbers,” Heck said.

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Tuesday
May032011

GOP Congressman: Bin Laden Photos ‘Have to Be Released’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As the Obama White House weighs whether to release photographic evidence of Osama bin Laden’s death, voices in Congress are calling for that to happen fast, to put to rest conspiracy theories that have already sprung up online.

“The photos have to be released,” Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, told ABC News on Tuesday. “Most definitely -- to make sure we get rid of any conspiracy theorists that think that we didn't take care of bin Laden.”

Heck also held off on condemning Pakistan for not helping locate bin Laden, despite the fact that he was hiding in a large home in a populated area not far from the nation’s capital.

“I don't think we need to cut off aid just yet. We need to further clarify our relationship with Pakistan,” Heck said. “We certainly have had some challenges with sharing of information, with being allowed access to execute missions. But they are still a critical asset and ally in the fight against terror and we need to continue to maintain that relationship.”

“All indications at this time are that they did not know” that bin Laden was in Pakistan, Heck continued. “The higher-ups did not know. But you know, as we've said, [he was] hiding in plain sight.”

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