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Congress to vote on curbing Libya operations

The US House of Representatives will vote Friday on a resolution aimed at limiting the US military role in Libya without undermining NATO there, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.

"This is primarily a fight between the Congress and the president over his unwillingness to consult with us before making this decision," said Boehner, who told reporter the measure "will be on the floor tomorrow."

The resolution would aim to cut off all funding for operations against the forces of Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi except for tasks in support of NATO allies, like aerial refueling, intelligence, or search and rescue.

"The fact is, we are there, we are engaged. I believe that NATO is an important organization. And as we're there, I don't want to do anything that would undermine NATO or to send a signal to our allies around the world that we are not going to be engaged," said Boehner.

Lawmakers were also expected to take up a resolution modeled on a Senate measure to authorize the US deployment, but that was not expected to pass the House amid anger at President Barack Obama's handling of the conflict.

"Because of the president's failure to consult to the Congress, failure to outline to the American people why we're doing this before we engaged in this, puts us in a position where we have to defend our responsibilities under the Constitution," said Boehner.


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