|Sponsor||Rep. Rooney, Tom|
|Date||June 24, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Jon Hiler|
On Friday, June 24, 2011, the House is scheduled consider H.R. 2278 under a rule. In addition to providing for one hour of debate on H.J.Res 68 (summarized in a separate Digest), the rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services. Additionally, the rule provides for one motion to recommit on each measure. H.R. 2278 was introduced by Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL) on June 22, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.
H.R. 2278 would prohibit funds appropriated or otherwise available to the Department of Defense (DoD) from being obligated or expended for U.S. Armed Forces support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Operation Unified Protector with respect to Libya.
Exceptions to the funds limitation would be for the following activities: search and rescue (SAR); intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR); aerial refueling; operational planning; and non-combat missions.
The Constitution divides war powers between Congress and the President. Congress has the power to declare war and raise and support the armed forces, while the president is commander in chief.
According to information provided by the Administration, the costs of the Libya operations, through June 3, 2011, are as follows: $715.9 million for DoD military operations and humanitarian assistance efforts; almost $81 million for humanitarian activities on behalf of the U.S. Government (USG); and $3,709,673 committed for Department of State Operational Costs. Additionally, the total projected cost for DoD operations through September 30, 2011, which is the end of the second 90-day authorization by NATO, is about $1.1 billion.
The following information on Congress’ involvement and the Libya timeline was provided by the Committee on Foreign Affairs:
There is no Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate associated with this legislation.