House Rejects Attempt To Remove U.S. Troops From Bosnia
By Ann Curley/CNN
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, March 18) -- After two hours of debate on the merits and constitutionality of the War Powers Act, the House has rejected a resolution intended to direct President Bill Clinton to remove U.S. troops from the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The final vote was 225-193 against the measure.
The resolution, offered by Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Calif.), stated the removal of troops did not reflect any difference of opinion on the necessity of U.S. troops in the region, but reflected the necessity for Congress to be involved in the decision-making process for commiting troops to hostilities abroad.
Much of the debate centered on the technical merits of the
constitutionality of the War Powers Act, and whether U. S. troops have improved the situation in Bosnia.
Campbell argued that if deployment of U.S. troops in Bosnia is constitutional, "let us prove that it is."
House International Relations Committee Chairman Ben Gilman (R-N.Y.) argued against the legislation, saying, "It can send confusing messages to friend and foe alike" in the Bosnia region.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said U.S. policy has prevented genocide in the Balkans, adding, "We shouldn't undermine the president."