House Appropriations Defense subcommittee Chairman Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) said the provision would have kept U.S. military forces from assisting NATO forces with support tasks such as search-and-rescue missions, aerial refueling, intelligence gathering and analysis, and operational planning.
All of Kucinich’s tries were defeated, though they drew ample GOP support. However, Young did give Kucinich a nod for staying at it, saying: “The gentleman entering the amendment is if nothing persistent.”
During the Defense bill debate, members did vote 225-201 in favor of an amendment from Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) that would have prohibited funds from being used to furnish military equipment, military training or advice, or other support for military activities in Libya. That amendment was supported by 177 Republicans but only 48 Democrats.