Following yesterday’s votes, the House once again rejected an Amendment offered by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D – OH) which would have defunded the war in Libya. The vote failed 169-251 and saw solid Republican support, but coupled with overwhelming opposition from Democrats.
The new vote would have conditioned any funding of the war on the President obtaining a formal declaration of war from Congress. Yesterday’s vote was a more straightforward defunding effort, co-sponsored by Rep. Amash (R – MI), and failed 199-229.
Though both of these votes failed, they showed a solid faction opposed to the Libya conflict remains in the House of Representatives, and makes it difficult to predict if the president would be able to get a pro-war resolution through. A less ambitious amendment by Rep. Cole (R – OK) passed yesterday with overwhelming Republican support, and blocked weapons or training funding for the conflict. The vote was 225-201.