Today, Congressman Heck voted against two Libya measures in the House of Representatives. Following the votes, he made the following statement:
"I strongly support our men and women in the armed forces and their efforts, but I voted against both Libya resolutions today because I oppose our actions in Libya; supporting these resolutions would have granted the authority to continue operations there. The President claims we are not engaged in hostilities, yet the Department of Defense is issuing imminent danger pay. President Obama claims no troops will be on the ground, yet authorizing search and rescue operations would guarantee boots on the ground and greatly increase the risk to American lives. President Obama also stated this conflict would last "days, not weeks," yet four months since beginning action in Libya, the President still has not articulated a clear national security interest.
"We were already engaged in military operations on two fronts, and Libya opened a third. We cannot afford the troops or taxpayer dollars -- especially without a national security objective. Additionally, President Obama's violation of the War Powers Resolution is concerning. Despite some questions about the resolution, it is the law of the land. I remain hopeful my bill will be brought to the floor for a vote."