Reid files cloture on Libya War authorization measure

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made a procedural move on Thursday night to bring a resolution to support President Obama's military action against Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya to the Senate floor.

A vote is now scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon on whether or not the Senate can officially debate that resolution, authored Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.).

“The goal for all of us here in this body should not be to cut and run from Libya, but to ensure that we succeed,” said McCain, speaking out in favor of S.J.Res 20 earlier this month.

The resolution would authorize a limited role for the U.S. in the NATO operation and prohibit President Obama from deploying ground troops. 

The Senate adjourned just before 7 p.m., Thursday and will reconvene briefly for a pro forma session on Friday so that that day will count towards time required by Senate rule for a vote to occur on the Libya resolution by Tuesday. 

Before adjourning the Senate also approved a number of judicial and executive nominees by unanimous consent.