Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter yesterday to “Senate leadership requesting their support for bringing a bipartisan resolution to the Senate Floor that would authorize military action in Libya and the removal of Muammar Qaddafi from power,” according to a press release from his office.
Rubio also wants the resolution to “urge the President to recognize the Interim Transitional National Council as the legitimate government in Libya.”
Full letter linked here.
Update: According to the Washington Post, spokesmen for Rubio and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have engaged in some back and forth on this call for a resolution.
Spokesman Alex Burgos was responding to comments from the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that Rubio’s plan could force the United States to commit U.S. troops and billions of dollars for years as part of nation-building efforts.
“The cold hard fact is that we have attacked Gaddafi, a tyrant with a history of brazen support for terrorism against Americans and who was on the verge of a nuclear weapon less than a decade ago,” Burgos said Thursday.
“If Gaddafi survives our military engagement against him and hangs on to power, Senator Rubio believes we will then have to deal with an angry and emboldened Gaddafi all over the world for years to come,” Burgos added. “We are already in. Now we have no choice but to win.”
Earlier Thursday, a Reid spokesman had dismissed the freshman senator’s call for a resolution.
Rubio “seems oblivious to the troops’ lives his plan would put on the line,” Jon Summers said. “Moreover, he seems to have forgotten that the Libyan people have made it clear they don’t want foreign boots on the ground. The Obama administration rightly recognized that a broad international coalition with limited goals would not only lend legitimacy to an intervention in Libya, but also improve our chances of success and limit the burden on U.S. taxpayers.”