U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, voted Friday in favor of a resolution that would prohibit the funding of a U.S. military effort in Libya while voting against a measure that authorized U.S. military operations in the African nation.
Both measures were defeated in the House.
The House voted 238-180 to defeat HR2278, sponsored by Florida Republican Tom Rooney, that prohibited funding for military action in Libya, allowing for exceptions such as intelligence, aerial refueling, operational planning and search and rescue.
By a 295-123 vote, the House defeated a resolution sponsored by Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings that would authorize U.S. military action in Libya.
Marino said he opposes U.S. military involvement in Libya for several reasons -- mainly because of the constitutionality questions that surround President Obama's actions there. He said he remains disturbed that President Obama continues to ignore Congress and its constitutional duties by arguing that America's role in Libya does not amount to hostilities.
"It is the President's responsibility to seek the approval of Congress and he has not done that," Marino said. "It is our constitutional role to determine if and when we should deploy American forces and we will not ignore the law of the land."
Marino also expressed concerns that the U.S. military is being spread too thin and should continue its focus on Afghanistan.
"The United States does not belong in Libya," Marino said. "We simply cannot play cop of the world and certainly can't enter into another war. Like it or not, we are involved in Afghanistan now and we must finish that job."
The freshman legislator said he supported the Rooney amendment because while prohibiting funds for U.S. military action in Libya, it did make exceptions for other non-combat expenditures related to the NATO effort.