Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kucinich Vote On Ending US Role in Libya Might Pass?

Updated 1:45 p.m. edt

It is official: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was sent an email today from the House leadership notifying him that his vote on the War Powers Act and ending U.S. involvement in the air campaign in Libya has been postponed.

The left-wing lawmaker suspects the move was made because of fear that his measure would pass.

"I am disappointed that the President and leadership feel the need to buy even more time to shore up support for the War in Libya. It’s not surprising that some are now wondering if a preliminary vote count on my resolution came out in favor of defending the Constitution," Kucinich said in a statement.

So far the vote has not been rescheduled.

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It was supposed to be just another symbolic vote in Congress.

But word today is that the bill calling for an end to particpation by the United States in Libya sponsored by left-leaning Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) could actually have enough support to pass -- even after Democratic leaders like Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said they opposed the measure.

A coalition of peacenik Democrats and fiscally conservative Republicans who opppose spending the money to topple Moammar Gadhafi has emerged and could pass the measure, a House source explained a short while ago.

A vote scheduled for today in the House -- the same day NATO decided to extend the air campaign in Libya for three more months -- may have to be rescheduled, the source said.

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