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Boehner says House could move to cut off funding for Libya

Friday, June 17, 2011


Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said the Obama administration failed to answer all his questions about the U.S. mission in Libya and raised the possibility that the House would move to cut off funding for the operation.

In response to demands from the House, the administration released a 32-page report arguing that the Libya mission does not need congressional authorization because the U.S. military engagement there doesn’t amount to “hostilities.”

Boehner said that explanation doesn’t fly with him.

“The White House says there are no hostilities taking place, yet we’ve got drone attacks under way, we’re spending $10 million a day, [and] part of the mission is to drop bombs on [Libyan dictator Moammar] Gadhafi’s compound,” Boehner said. “That doesn’t pass the straight-face test, in my view, that we’re not in the midst of hostilities.”

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  • Captain PJ

    Boehner’s Republican majority in the House could actually pull this off. It’s the House which holds the purse strings and if the Republicans say “no more money” for military operations in Libya, then there will be no further funding.

    • Elaine

      Captain, what bothers me?
      What is this “could” stuff?!
      We do not have the $$ to interfere in a Civil War… especially since he will continue to spend and spend and spend!
      There is more at stake her! He called it a Humanitarian move (a pig puddle is still a pig puddle even if you call it “pig bath.”)
      If WE allow him to get away with this — it is silently saying, “Okay, you can be the King.”

    • Goodforall

      Actually, I think they should have already done this. Obummer had no right to go into the Lybian situation w/o the approval form Congress as stated in our Constitution. Somebody better get a handle on this-and quickly!

  • Rich

    Lets do it 000 cut it off now

  • Tex

    So, what’s he waiting on? Woulda, shoulda, coulda ain’t gonna get it. While Rome was burning Boehner’s Republican majority twiddled their thumbs. This white house must hear something besides “this just isn’t right, this POTUS is leading us down the road to ruin”. If whining worked, the liberals would never be out of power.

    • evermyrtle

      Do you really think Boehner will stick to his guns with Oblunder??He’s out golfing with him. I am so afraid that Oblunder has bought him off,too. We need to pray, asking GOD’S help more than ever before, to deliver us from these anti-Americans before they sink sink us into Muslimism/Islam power

  • stevor

    Sure, and congress could hold its breath until it turns blue, too, but just as with holding their breath, this is just posturing. Congress is bought and paid for by the Elites and given PERMISSION to pretend to be the “bad boy” for this PERFORMANCE.

  • rowley

    Will cut off funds aught to be the Republican mantra.
    Don’t just say should.
    DO IT

  • Otto

    Let’s be concerned about the USA first before we help enemy countries.

  • morg

    Obama has his hand in the cookie jar and is addicted to the cookies. He has never had this much “pocket change” and is enjoying spending it.

  • GoldenRudy

    Remember 1974 and how the Democrat Party cut the funds off earmarked for military supplies to our allies in South Vietnam. Never let them forget that cowardly deed! We have no national interest in Libya. We did have a national interest in South Vietnam; we had the SEATO treaty obligation to honor. There is nothing for us in Libya. The Republicans should rub the Democrats’ nose in it by reminding them of 1974 and immediately de-fund the Libyan operation.

  • Retired Veteran

    Mr. Speaker:
    We The People …. want you to just do it and stop talking about it. We The People will back you up!!!!
    This idiot is still spending money when we need to save everything we can.
    We have drones in Yemen too!!
    Defund that project…We The people obie not I the president(illegal at that)

  • http://DarrellIssapleasehelpusAmericans billybaa

    obama is boehner’s best friend
    obama is using boehner to help control the House of Representatives
    watch obama swing the golf club like a girl that he is

  • Dan

    I don’t know if ONLY the HOUSE can cut off spending or if it also requires a SENATE vote?

    If the SENATE must also vote, the BOEHNER can “play tough”, KNOWING that the DEMOCRATIC SENATE will shoot it down !

    Same reason they can’t IMPEACH OBAMA !


  • http://berealistic IK

    AMERICA: All this foolish spending to support these wars in the Middle East is inconceivable to me. The only reason we are there is the OIL !!! Millions of our dollars wasted there should be spent right here where it is so desperately needed and guess what, our country will be moving forward again showing the world that CAPITALISM is the only way to grow and survive and stay FREE which is the true want for all peoples!! By the way – we have all the oil and resources right here in our beautiful USA and this is why we are envied across this globe….. Republicans Get Your Act Together Now !!!!! We want out of the Middle East !!!!

  • Blanche V. Mercaldi

    Congress should cut the funds to Libya. The US is already in two wars, and we have no interest in Libya. Let the French and English fund it since they are the ones who wanted to go in. Why should France have the lead when the US is paying the largest percent of the cost. We have enough problems in this country. We can no longer afford to police the world. I agree with Donal Trump in this instance.

  • http://DarrellIssapleasehelpusAmericans billybaa

    boehner talks tough for “We the People”
    but he “Walks the Walk” for obama and democrats
    boehner could have already had Obamafraud repealed tied in with money bills
    but he let them vote on Obamafraud separate which he knew would never pass

  • tod

    Could stop it?”Stop it now!”

  • http://DarrellIssapleasehelpusAmericans billybaa

    we are in Libya to help the Muslim Brotherhood who were losing the battle
    Hil-Liary and obama also helped overthrow Egypt to help the Muslim Brotherhood

  • Dodi

    I sometimes wonder where Boehner really stands. He needs to put his money where his mouth is and DO IT. Will he cave? Not only on this but what about raising the debt ceiling. Haven’t heard much about that lately. Are we to forget about it or stay on him so he doesn’t cave? I’m not really sure about him.

  • Jenn

    When does the revolution start?

  • Rod Hughes

    Obama has committed an Impeachable offense.
    CUT OFF Funding now .
    Why do you Boehner threaten? Stop this nonsense. You act like a weak fool!!

  • azwayne

    I’d like to see some action, more than words. What has been accomplished in six months, If you personally moved this slow, you’d be out on the street. Repubs don’t know anything about PR and don’t have the connections. They can’t out talk the socialist government.

  • Eric N., CA

    This says it all for me…

    ( – Louis Fisher, a scholar in residence at the Constitution Project who served for 40 years as a constitutional law expert at the Library of Congress, says Americans and members of Congress should understand that President Barack Obama committed a “very grave offense” against the Constitution in taking military action in Libya without congressional authorization.
    “I am not going to recommend that the House Judiciary Committee hold impeachment hearings, but I would like members of Congress and the public to say that nothing would be more impeachable than a President who takes the country to war without coming to Congress, who does it unilaterally,” Fisher told’s Online With Terry Jeffrey.
    “So, I would like people to be educated, including members of Congress, to be educated that that is a very grave offense,” said Fisher.

  • CJB

    Boehner is a coward and a traitor. I can’t understand how anyone cannot see that simple truth. In his defense, he is not alone. There are many more just like him or worse pretending to represent “the People.”

  • michael sharpe

    Your move Mr. Speaker. You and crying towel in hand, cut off the checks. Otherwise You will be a party to the crime. Stand now-or sit elsewhere.

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  • Virgil

    Boehner this is all about obamass helping his friend the muslin brotherhood to take over, and WE ARE PAYING FOR IT WITH MONEY WE DON`T HAVE.
    Nobody will buy our paper, we can`t get a loan right now because they know there not going to be an America very much longer, that why our government is printing all that “FUNNY MONEY” to keep America going and all obamass is doing is making it worse!

  • Tammy

    While you’re at it cut OFF foreign aid as well. Why are we having to pay other countries for security? When there is NOT any! It sounds just like mafia tactics. Time & time again they vote against us at the UN. Time for the USA to pull its resources out of the world. Then they really would have reason to hate us. There are many ideas of cutting our spending but the demon-rats & RINO’S are way to stupid to see what is right in front of their plastic faces. They advocate the collective not the individual. Sick to death of hearing “I’m giving back” giving back WHAT? Time to give the American people back control over their lives & the free will to choose. “I will NOT live my life for another as I do NOT expect another to live for me.

  • Carol Fryer

    He could? When was he planning to actually stand up and say no? Next year just before the elections?

  • http://http/ sean murry

    we have no business in that hell hole let them kill each other.

  • http://http/ sean murry

    Do it now boehner dont fool around with them.


    Don’t just talk about cutting all obama’s funding, DO IT!

  • Xman2

    This President and this Administration are above rules, agreements and the law. Just ‘ram it down our throats’ has been the repeated action. The proposed reason to go into Libya by NATO was to create a ‘no fly zone’ in a sovereign country for humanitarian reasons, not side with the rebels (whoever they are) and bomb the Libyan military and established government. This is a clear act of declaring war on a sovereign nation by anyone’s definition. And there is no evidence that Libya has created threats against the United States or the Countries of NATO. NATO and the United States look like the terrorist and agressor.

    I don’t understand how any American can support this President, this Administration, most Democrats, and the DNC if you are paying any attention the past three years. If anyone votes for a Democrat at any level of Government (Federal, State, local) in 2011 and 2012, you may be uninformed or an idiot.

  • just sayin

    Obama did not believe that the taking down of the twin towers was hostile. At least he is consistent. Delusional, but consistent.

  • armyvet

    Why doesn’t Boehner stop threatening and start acting? Shut off funding the Libyan mess right now.

  • Bill Lee

    Better not be COULD cut off funding. If B doesn’t it would be worse if he hadn’t even brought it up. It’s NOT a matter of if Libya intervention is warented, it’s a matter of the balance of powers in our government and THAT is ultra serious business.