House Minority Chief Deputy Whip Peter WelchPeter WelchOvernight Defense: Senate panel approves 2B defense bill Lawmakers push for ISIS war measure in defense bill Lawmakers urge Obama not to send shoulder-fired missiles to Syria MORE (D-Vt.) is asking President Obama to have Libya reimburse American taxpayers for the U.S.'s role in the multinational mission to protect Libyan civilians from dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
"The United States played a significant role in the liberation of Libya from the tyranny of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. The Libyan people are now free to determine their future," Welch wrote in a letter to Obama sent Saturday.
"According to Vice President Biden, the cost of America’s role in the NATO mission is estimated to be in the range of $2 billion. We believe it is essential that Libya reimburse the American taxpayer for the cost of our participation in the NATO mission," Welch continues in the letter. "While the National Transitional Council needs time and Libyan resources to establish itself and stabilize the country, we believe reimbursement can be structured with realistic terms and over a reasonable timeframe so that it does not impair the success of a free and stable Libya."
On Thursday, Gadhafi was killed during fighting in Sirte, Libya. Legislators hailed Gadhafi's death as an effective end to the war in Libya and the end of the dictatorial government there.
President Obama authorized U.S. participation in a multinational effort alongside a number of other NATO allies to protect Libyan civilians from Gadhafi's forces while the Libyan government clashed with rebels.
Welch voted in support of legislation funding the U.S. mission in Libya, according to Vermont Public Radio.