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Senate to Take Up Libya Authorization Measure

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TEHRAN, July 6 (ICANA) – The Senate will take up S.J. Res. 20, which authorizes the use of military force in Libya for up to one year.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 12:16:43 PM
Senate to Take Up Libya Authorization Measure

The resolution is similar to a measure that failed in the House in June, although there are some differences.

Under the Senate bill, the use of force would be authorized for one year or until the end of the NATO mission in Libya, whichever comes first. The House bill authorized the use of force for one year.

The Senate bill has more detailed reporting requirements on the Libya mission than the House bill. Under S.J.Res. 20, the administration would be required to report every 30 days on the costs and effectiveness of the operation. It would also require the administration to investigate and report to Congress on Libya's role in past terrorist activities, including the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103.

Like the House bill, the Senate version opposes the use of ground troops in Libya.

A procedural vote on the Senate resolution is expected first. The Senate will hold a vote on whether it can take up the bill, which requires 60 votes to pass. The procedural vote is needed because Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) last week blocked a request to take up the measure; Johnson argued that the Senate should instead focus on resolving the fight over the debt ceiling. The Hill

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

The U.S. launched attacks on Libya on March 19, but claimed as of March 31 to have transitioned into a "support" role for it as a NATO war, providing surveillance and refueling for the conflict. Antiwar

Six in 10 Americans think the U.S. should not be involved in Libya, according to a new CBS News poll. That includes majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents. The Atlantic

A Pentagon memo shows that the cost of America's involvement in the war in Libya is around $2 million per day, putting the cost well ahead of previous estimates of $40 million a month to more like $60 million a month. Antiwar

Richard Haas, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations has said, "We should push hard for a ceasefire, and do what we can to save as many lives as possible, even if that means for the time being having Gaddafi remain in power and have the country effectively divided." Scrollpost.com

Samuel Locklear, the top U.S. admiral in the NATO-led Libya war, told a congressman last month that NATO is indeed trying to kill Muammar Gaddafi. CBS News

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