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Himes Votes To Limit U.S. Action in Libya

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Jim Himes voted for a resolution limiting U.S. involvement in Libya and against a measure authorizing President Barack Obama to continue operations in Libya for one year.

The resolution would limit the nation’s involvement to search and rescue efforts, intelligence gathering, aerial refueling and operational planning. Both measures were defeated in the House.

“With our nation engaged in three wars, too many Americans have lost their lives, and we are spending too much money fighting abroad rather than building at home,” Himes said in a prepared statement. “While I have larger constitutional issues with the vast war-making authority assumed by modern presidents, I supported the president’s decision to take action in Libya because that effort saved thousands of innocent Libyan lives.”

However, the 4th District congressman added that he only supported the decision under the condition that all U.S. action would be limited in scope and length. “It is time for the United States to step aside to encourage other nations to play a larger role in these and similar efforts,” said Himes.

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