May 27, 2011

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday to bar US forces and private contractors from operating on the ground in Libya, where rebels are fighting to oust Moamer Kadhafi.

The measure, passed in a 416-5 vote, was an amendment to a $690 defense bill that also limits President Barack Obama’s authority on handling terror suspects and reducing the US nuclear weapons stockpile under the new START treaty with Russia.

The amendment barred the Obama administration from using funds being approved in the overall defense bill to “deploy, establish or maintain” US ground forces in Libya except to rescue a US service member from “imminent danger.”

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