Members of Congress sent an embarrassing message to President Obama by voting to reject a formal authorization of the use of force in Libya.

The House on Friday voted down a resolution similar to one recently passed in the Senate expressing support for the U.S. mission by a vote 123 to 295.

But the House on Friday did not go as far as some Republicans had wanted. A bill cutting funding for the military operation in Libya and restricting the United States’ role there failed by 238 to 180. The bill itself was meant to be symbolic, since it had little chance of passing the Senate even if it had prevailed in the House.

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