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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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