President Barack Obama should clarify the U.S. role in the conflict in Libya, demanded the House of Representatives on Friday. However, it rebuffed an attempt to force him to end America's military involvement in the country, Reuters reported.
It's evident from the votes that lawmakers are not at ease over a third war along with Iraq and Afghanistan. The votes also reflect that the view that Obama did not consult Congress before joining a multinational operation that began conducting air strikes in March to protect Libyan civilians from attacks by Muammar Gaddafi's forces, the Reuters report said.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner sponsored a resolution, for which the House voted 268-145. As per the resolution, Obama has to inform lawmakers within the next two weeks of the scope, duration and costs of the Libya mission.
However, lawmakers rejected a rival resolution by Democrat Dennis Kucinich, which directed Obama to stop U.S. participation in the Libyan war within 15 days. That vote was 148-265, Reuters reported.
NATO is leading the Libya intervention with a U.S. contribution, but without any U.S. troops on the ground.