Congress

Congress Is Very Serious About Libya

The House of Representatives voted on two bills today. One, to defund our logistical involvement in Libya. The other, to profess congressional support for our logistical involvement in Libya. Both bills were defeated.

In a confused message to President Obama, the House on Friday voted down both a bill to defund U.S. involvement in the Libya mission and a measure that would have granted the mission Congressional approval for one year.

All week, support had been building in the House for repudiating Obama's handling of the war with most concerns focused on his failure to consult Congress and gain its approval before authorizing airstrikes. But that movement fell short of sending the harshest rebuke at Congress' disposal -- cutting off funds -- although members registered their disapproval of the war and Obama's handling of it by failing to give it the Congressional seal of approval.

The final vote on the defunding bill was 180 in favor and 238 opposed. In the first vote, the House overwhelmingly voted down a bill that would have authorized U.S. military action in Libya for one year, 295 to 123.

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Do something! No don't do something!

You can't attack the president for failing to procure congressional approval when congress is as fundamentally incoherent as this 112th congress is. Congress has had four fucking months to clearly approve or disapprove of U.S. involvement in Libya, and they just voted both ways on the same day!

  • Scopedog

    “Congress has had four fucking months to clearly approve or disapprove of U.S. involvement in Libya, and they just voted both ways on the same day!”

    Yep. Talk about not being able to make up their minds.

    If anything, this does prove one thing–the only adult in Washington DC is residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But then again, it’s been the case since January 20, 2009.

  • LoewLife

    Glad to see one of my favorite internet words, “Derp”, getting its own tag. Bring on the Derp.

    • JMAshby

      I couldn’t come up with a better word to describe congress on this day. It seemed fitting.

  • That deserves infinitely more facepalms than that. Also, what’s ironic is how the very serious fiscal Republicans want to make budget cuts, and yet amongst an effort that doesn’t have Congressional approval they still want our effing taxdollars to support it?!? WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU GUYS DOING WITH OUR DAMN MONEY AND HOW THE HELL IS THIS A GOOD WAY OF SPENDING IT!!!!

  • Robert Scalzi

    Is there anything the teafucking republicant’s have ever been right on ???? not in my lifetime ..sheesh are they fucking morons , and the Idiots that vote for them are even worse….

    • Scopedog

      “Is there anything the teafucking republicant’s have ever been right on ????”

      Hmmm…this might take a moment….ah, no.

  • i_a_c

    I like John Cole‘s take:

    You want to know why the Presidency keeps getting more and more powerful? Because someone has to make decisions.

    The House just voted against authorizing the Libya mission, then voted against defunding operations in Libya. I’d ignore those idiots, too. If I were President, until these clowns get their shit together, I’d pretty much do whatever I wanted.

    • I agree.

      • i_a_c

        Our Congress is an embarrassment.

    • Scopedog

      John Cole for the win.

    • Steve Rice

      Let me tell you, if I had been George Bush, until those clowns got their shit together I would have pretty much done whatever I wanted. Oh wait, that happened.