Kucinich moves to cut funding in Libya

One of the most liberal members of the House plans to introduce an amendment to the next federal budget bill barring funding for military involvement in Libya.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who has been an outspoken critic of the United States's involvement in Libya, announced the amendment in a letter to his colleagues in the House.

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"While the administration assures us that that the U.S. will hand-off its lead role to coalition partners within days, we have not been notified of long-term plans or goals following initial air strikes in the country," Kucinich writes in the letter. "The timeline the president gave to Congress was summarized with one word: 'limited.' "

Kucinich went on to say that he would attach the amendment to whatever piece of legislation the House would propose to fund the rest of the 2011 fiscal year.

"I intend to offer an amendment to the forthcoming continuing resolution or omnibus appropriations bill that would prohibit funding for U.S. involvement in military operations in Libya.  I urge you to support this amendment," he wrote.

The Defense Department has not released a projected price tag for the U.S. air-and-sea strikes in Libya, but defense analysts say the Pentagon could be burning through more than $100 million per day.

Kucinich, a vocal antiwar Democrat, has been an outspoken critic of U.S. involvement in enforcing a recently passed United nations resolution calling for a no-fly zone and ceasefire of Libyan military forces led by Moammar Gadhafi. He said that President Obama overextended his authority by authorizing the airstrikes and U.S. involvement without adequately consulting Congress.

The White House has said its current mission in Libya is to protect Libyan civilians from Gadhafi's military. Obama also sent a letter to Congress defending his action, saying he used his authority as commander in chief to authorize the military force.

This isn't the first time Kucinich has called for a vote on military action abroad. Last week the House voted down his resolution that would have required U.S. troops be removed from Afghanistan by the end of the year. Last  year, the House defeated a similar measure Kucinich proposed on Afghanistan.

The current continuing resolution funding the government expires after April 8. Congress is in recess this week but will be back next week.