Vitter, Seven Senate Colleagues Win As Reid Cancels Libya Vote

from a release out of Sen. David Vitter’s office this afternoon…

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement regarding U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to cancel a vote on the Kerry-McCain Libya resolution. Last week Vitter and seven Senate colleagues sent a letter to Sen. Reid demanding that Senate convene this week to focus on the federal deficit and not any other issue.

“Last week we demanded the Senate skip vacation and start the debate on spending cuts and deficit reduction. Moving to a completely different issue like this Libya resolution would’ve shown a real lack of seriousness and commitment to the American people.  I’m pleased Sen. Reid listened to our demands.

“The American people are sick of the impasse and lack of information.  We need to finally start debating these issues on the U.S. Senate floor so the American people can have a say in the process. Today President Obama stated he wants a ‘balanced approach’ in the debt debate, but until we actually approach balancing the federal budget with meaningful spending cuts, his rhetoric is hollow,” said Vitter.

Vitter also joined U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wi.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fl.), Mike Lee (R-Ut.) Rand Paul (R-Ky.), John Cornyn (R-Tx.), Jeff Sessions (R-Al.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) at a press conference last week making these demands.

In March, Vitter led nine of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him “to dedicate significant floor time to debate [spending and debt] well in advance of the federal government reaching our statutorily mandated debt limit.”

The focus on the debt ceiling is admirable, but the real reason this was a victory is that if the Obama administration is going to get authorization for Libya it needs to ask for it – not have it be given by the likes of John McCain. The fact that we’re over 100 days into the Libyan conflict and the Obama administration is pretending its actions aren’t illegal needs to be addressed in other ways; like perhaps a censure resolution from the House of Representatives.

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