Lee, Stark Vote to End Bombing in Libya

By Steven Tavares
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Many see the bombing in Libya with no end in sight, while
fearing a third bogged down war in the region.

The Bay Area’s congressional delegation, typically a staunch opponent of the current wars abroad, were flummoxed Friday by two separate bills–one calling for authorizing continued bombings in Libya–and another to cut funding for the operation to aid rebels hoping to deposed Col. Moammar Khadafy.

Both measures ultimately failed in the Republican-controlled House.

Long-time peaceniks Rep. Pete Stark and Barbara Lee voted in favor of both bills. In a rare sight, many conservatives joined forces with the left’s most liberal lions, speciifically to rebuke the president’s handling of Libya.

On the vote to close the account on funding the daily bombing runs in Libya, Stark and Lee were joined by Reps. Sam Farr (D-Santa Cruz) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma). Woolsey is rumored to announce her retirement on Monday.

Ten Democrats from the Bay Area voted against: Reps. Mike Honda (D-Campbell), Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) George Miller (D-Martinez), Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo), Mike Thompson (D-Napa), Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek) and Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton).

The tally to continue the bombing operations in the North African country was further split with eight representatives, including Stark and Lee, voting against. Here’s how the Bay Area delegation voted on the measure, according to the House clerk:

In favor: Reps. Pelosi, Garamendi, McNerney, Speier, Eshoo and Thompson.

In opposition: Woolsey, Miller, Honda, Lofgren, Stark and Lee.

Categories: Barbara Lee, Bay Area, congress, Libya, Pete Stark, President Obama, Republicans

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