House approves rule for Libya bills, begins debate

House on Friday approved a rule allowing consideration of two Libya measures, which members immediately began debating.

The rule was passed in a 240-167 vote in which 14 Democrats joined all Republicans in support. Some Democrats criticized the rule during debate for being approved quickly Thursday night with little debate, and because the Libya bills themselves were not subject to committee hearings.

After the rule vote, the House began debate on H.J.Res. 68, which would authorize ongoing military operations in Libya for one year. That resolution is expected to fail — the House is expected to favor H.R. 2278, which would limit spending on Libya operations.