U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.), Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. conflict in Libya:
"Today I voted against authorizing our involvement in the military operations in Libya. I also voted to stop the use of U.S. funds for operations there, except for limited intelligence and support functions. It is not something I do lightly. I believe that it was a mistake to become involved in Libya, and I believe that the President should have sought the approval of Congress to engage our military before taking action. At this point, I acknowledge that there are no good alternatives, but there must be some balance restored to the constitutional process for taking military action."