Huizenga Statement on Voting to Defund U.S. Involvement in Libya


Date: June 24, 2011
Issues: Defense

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, released the following statement after voting today to cut off funding for the U.S. military intervention in Libya, H.R. 2278, which failed by a vote of 180-238; and voted to reject a resolution, H.J.Res.68 which failed 123-295, to formally authorize military force in Libya:

"While I believe the bill to cut funding could have gone even further in restricting our involvement in Libya, this measure holds the President accountable to Congress. The President has not appropriately consulted Congress or outlined our mission in Libya, and while the President is Commander in Chief, Congress has the "power of the purse.' That's why I voted to exercise the immediate power Congress does have and cut funding because not doing so allows the President to continue unrestricted actions in Libya."