As the debate over funding the conflict continues, Senators John Kerry and John McCain are presenting a united front in support of the NATO-led action. The senators introduced a resolution that would give President Obama authority to continue the mission and help protect Libyan civilians from Moammar Khaddafy. McCain said, “Khaddafy is going to fall. It is just a matter of time. So I would ask my colleagues: Is this the time for Congress to turn against this policy? Is this the time to ride to the rescue of a failing tyrant when the writing is on the wall that he will collapse?” Meanwhile, House Republicans are discussing two new measures on Libya. One mirrors the Kerry-McCain plan to continue the operation. The other would end most of the United States’ involvement. Votes on both bills could happen by the end of the week. The discussion on Capitol Hill comes as NATO officials confirm that a helicopter drone crashed while flying over Libya’s central coast yesterday. The robotic chopper was part of a surveillance mission for NATO, enforcing the no-fly zone over the country. It’s unclear what caused the accident, but it’s said to be the first time a helicopter drone has gone down during the fighting in Libya.
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