Who says Washington can’t be bipartisan?
(AP) — The House on Friday resoundingly defeated a resolution that would have given President Barack Obama limited authority to continue the American involvement in Libya in the NATO-led operation against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.
Just 123 members of the House voted for the authorization measure, while 295 voted against it. 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.
Lawmakers are also scheduled to vote later Friday on a bill to cut off funds for U.S. military attacks there.