Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called off today’s scheduled vote on a resolution authorizing the limited use of U.S. forces against Libya. He said lawmakers should focus on the mounting debt ceiling issue instead.
After speaking with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Reid said they both agreed “the most important thing for us to focus on this week is the budget.” The announcement came a mere hour and a half before the Senate was to take up the Libya resolution, sparking rumors the vote was instead postponed due to a lack of support.
The Senate already canceled this week’s holiday recess to deal with the major debt drama.
Senators John McCain and John Kerry sponsored the resolution, which would require congressional approval for action against Libya.
There’s also been resistance to Obama’s actions in the House from both Republicans and Democrats alike.
President Obama’s point of view: U.S. actions in Libya do not require congressional approval.
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