WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading conservative and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) has successfully amended S. J. Res. 20, a resolution that authorizes the president to use limited force in support of the NATO mission in Libya. During committee mark-up, Inhofe amended the measure that went on to pass by a 14-5 vote with Inhofe supporting its passage. The resolution will soon be considered by the entire Senate.
Inhofe’s amendment addresses the cost of the Libyan conflict in a fiscally conservative manner by requiring the following: “The funds of the Qaddafi regime that have been frozen by the United States should be used to reimburse the United States, as a NATO member, for expenses incurred in the connection with Operation Odyssey Dawn and Operations Unified Protector, and for humanitarian and reconstruction assistance; and to secure full payment of awards as issued by the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.”
“I commend our brave troops serving in support of the NATO mission in Libya, and want them to know they have my full support,” said Inhofe. “That is why I supported the committee passage of the Libya Resolution. At the same time, we must make sure the costs of this mission will be paid for by Libyan assets frozen in the U.S. My amendment does exactly that. My amendment also allows the assets to be used to pay for humanitarian assistance there to relieve suffering as well as awards to U.S. citizens who were victims of terrorist acts carried out by the Qaddafi regime.”