Libya defunding vote underestimates anti-war sentiment in the House 

A grand total of eight House Republicans voted to approve U.S. involvement in the Libyan War. They were:

Charlie Dent, R-Pa.
David Dreier, R-Calif.
Steve King, R-Iowa
Pete King, R-N.Y.
Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
Thad McCotter, R-Mich.
David Rivera, R-Fla.
Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

The overall vote was 123-295 against. In a separate vote, 180 members (including 86 Republicans) voted to de-fund the war effort.

Importantly, though, that number surely underestimates anti-war sentiment in the House. Some anti-war Republicans voted against the de-funding resolution because it contained too many exceptions allowing continued U.S. involvement in the conflict. Among them were Reps. Ron Paul, R-Tex, Walter Jones, R-N.C., and probably Justin Amash, R-Mich.

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