US may cut off funds for Libya mission

A picture shows destroyed military tanks and bullet-riddled buildings in Tripoli street in the rebel-held Misrata, the third largest city in Libya, on June 23, 2011 (AFP)

The House plans to vote on Friday on competing measures on the US military role in Libya — one to give President Barack Obama limited authority to continue the mission and the other to cut off funds for military hostilities.
Republicans and several Democrats are upset with Obama for failing to get congressional approval for the 3-month-old war as required by law. Obama has said he would welcome a resolution to authorize American participation in the Nato-led operation. But the House was expected to reject that resolution in a rebuke to the commander in chief.

Uncertain was the fate of the bill to cut off funds for military hostilities. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed to House Democrats on Thursday to continue the mission. 

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