Some U.S. Lawmakers Seek Defunding of Libya War

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[Global: Libya]

Some members of Congress led by Republicans are looking for ways to cut off funding for U.S. military operations in Libya.

Rep. Tim Johnson, a Republican Congressman from Illinois and others have argued that since Congress did not vote to authorize war President Obama is engaging in an "unconstitutional war."

"I think this, combined with our presence in Afghanistan and Iraq ... just elevates hatred toward America and western democracies, throughout the Middle East. This is just one more nail in the coffin, so to speak," Rep. Johnson told The Huffington Post.

Johnson says no U.S. national security interests are at stake in the Libyan conflict. Johnson told the online publication that President Obama was a "new war-mongering president who's belied everything he stands for and everything we thought we stood for."

One estimate has placed possible U.S. cost for the war effort at billions of dollars depending on how long U.S. participation continues.
Johnson together with Ron Paul, Republican Congressman from Texas would seek to introduce a bill with a provision to "cut off funding, saying that no funds available to any department of the federal government may be used for the military operations," The Huffington Post reports.

Separately, Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, has already denounced the U.S. role in the war as unconstitutional.

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