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one_voice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 01:05 PM
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Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Defund Libya attack
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Liberal Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich plans to offer up a measure that would defund U.S. efforts in Libya.

According to a letter blasted to his email list, Kucinich plans to offer an amendment to the next spending bill to ensure no federal funds go to the bombing campaign in Libya.

The amendment would give Congress a more concrete opportunity than theyve had to challenge President Barack Obama on Libya, a subject that has riled both sides of the aisle.

In the letter Kucinich addressed to his fellow lawmakers, the Ohio Democrat said Obama scooted around the Constitution, which gives only Congress the power to declare war. He also says the no-fly zone will cost between $400 and 800 million.

We have already spent trillions of dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, both of which descended into unwinnable quagmires, Kucinich wrote in his letter. Now, the president is plunging the United States into yet another war we cannot afford. While the administration assures us that that the U.S. will hand-off its lead role to coalition partners within days, we have not been notified of long-term plans or goals following initial air strikes in the country. The timeline the president gave to Congress was summarized with one word: limited.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51736.html#ix...

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