Yesterday, the vote on Representative Kucinich’s H. Con. Res. 51 finally took place. The resolution, which would have required President Barack Obama to end American involvement in the civil war in Libya, was supposed to have been voted on earlier in the week, but when Speaker of the House John Boehner discovered that there could actually be a majority to pass the legislation, he delayed the vote and introduced a weaker rival bill in order to take votes away from H. Con. Res. 51. As a result of this maneuver, a majority of Tea Party members voted against this attempt return government war powers to constitutional limits.
The U.S. part of the Libyan civil war is not ending, even though it has not received the legally-required congressional authorization. NATO has proposed that the American-led fighting continue for at least three months, and is now proposing the introduction of soldiers on the ground in Libya.
So, the effort of Dennis Kucinich to end this unconstitutional third American war is continuing as well. After the vote on H. Con. Res. 51 yesterday, Kucinich made the following pledge:
“This debate that occurred today is not an end. It is a beginning. It is a beginning because we have seen one resolution which derived its presence from a resolution that I put forward on a bipartisan basis. One resolution passed which put the White House on notice that Congress is beginning to take a more appropriate role with respect to the Constitution, and that’s a good thing.
But make no mistake that this issue of liberty is not going to go away. With the spending soon approaching $1 billion and with NATO openly talking about the commission of ground troops, we’ll be back here another day to consider further what our appropriate constitutional role is.”