Rooney said the Obama administration clearly failed to seek any authorization for operations that began in March. But he said that because there is an ongoing debate about the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution, Obama is operating in a "zone of twilight" in which it is unclear whether authorization is needed.

As a result, Rooney said, Congress is left with the power of the purse, and has the option of defunding the mission.

Rooney's bill would allow the administration to continue activities related to search and rescue, intelligence, aerial refueling and operational planning. However, House Armed Services Committee ranking member Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithObstacles to Trump's 'Space Force' could keep proposal grounded for now Dem congresswoman: Imprisoned asylum-seeking women have no idea where their children are Overnight Defense: Latest on scrapped Korea summit | North Korea still open to talks | Pentagon says no change in military posture | House passes 6B defense bill | Senate version advances MORE (D-Wash.) said even these activities would not be able to go forward without the additional ability to protect U.S. service members and equipment.

"So the effect of this resolution is to again end the mission in Libya," Smith said.