April 1st, 2011 | by AILIN DARLING News | Posted In: Politics

Wyden Supports Obama's Efforts in Libya's "Humanitarian Crisis"

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is supporting President Obama's decision to launch U.S. forces in Libya—for the moment.
 
Unlike Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) who voiced "serious concerns" about the Democratic president's Libya decision or Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) who had even more pointed criticisms, Wyden is stressing his support for U.S. action in Libya.

“The violence of Colonel Gaddafi against his own people is a humanitarian crisis," the senator told WW in a written statement Thursday. "I support the international effort to protect the civilians of Libya.

But like Reps. Kurt Schrader and David Wu (both D-Ore.) Wyden is holding out the prospect that his backing in Congress won't be indefinite.

"I have definite concerns about stretching our military too thin and further draining our depleted coffers," Wyden said. "I expect that the military action in Libya will be completed quickly.”

 
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