Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.) is seeking support for a resolution that would authorize President Obama to take action to remove Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi from power.

"I am writing to seek your support for bringing a bipartisan resolution to the Senate floor authorizing the president's decision to participate in allied military action in Libya," Rubio said in a letter to Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.). "Furthermore, this resolution should also state that removing Moammar Gadhafi from power is in our national interest and therefore should authorize the president to accomplish this goal. To that end, the resolution should urge the president to recognize the Interim Transitional National Council as the legitimate government in Libya."

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Obama has said the U.S. intervention is based primarily on humanitarian grounds and that its aim is not to remove Gadhafi by force — though the administration wants to see him gone.
 
Unlike some of his congressional colleagues, Rubio has been a supporter of more aggressive U.S. involvement in Libya. He criticized Obama for not pushing earlier for United Nations Security Council authorization of a no-fly zone; that authorization came on March 17. 

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, Rubio said the primary goal for the U.S. in Libya was to "continue to degrade" Gadhafi's forces. He said the U.S. should be "engaged" with Libyan rebel forces, though he remained cautious, like Obama, about arming them.

Rubio's remarks came before Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates briefed lawmakers behind closed doors Wednesday on recent U.S. military actions in Libya.

Media outlets have reported that Obama had authorized covert aid to rebel forces in Libya, but the administration has said no such order has been given.

Read the letter below:


MR Letter Urging Removal of Gadhafi - March 30, 2011