The “no” votes on Tom Rooney’s bill to defund the war in Libya have passed 218; the bill will fail. It was destined to be a symbolic vote, and the symbolism might have already been achieved by the failure of the approval resolution, but this is a bit of an own goal for war foes.
Republicans are voting “aye” on defunding the war by roughly a 3-2 margin. Democrats are voting “no” by roughly 4-1.
UPDATE: The bill has failed by a vote of 238 to 180; 144 Republicans voted to defund most war operations.
Greg Sargent reported earlier
that Democrats weren’t whipping the vote. Nevertheless, they kept all but 36 members home on the farm.