Boehner says Obama lacks House support for Libya

By the Associated Press | June 22, 2011 | 11:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama lacks the support of members of the House for authorizing the U.S. military operation in Libya.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Boehner acknowledged the effort by Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham to endorse the mission. But he said he doesn't think the House shares that view.

Boehner complained that Obama has not made his case to Congress and the nation for U.S. participation in the NATO-led operation. He said the president hasn't spelled out the national interest in the effort to challenge Moammar Gadhafi.

House Republicans will be meeting behind closed doors Wednesday afternoon to weigh two resolutions — one to authorize the operation and a second to end it. Lawmakers are angry that Obama never sought congressional consent under the law.