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Congress rejects US action in Libya

US lawmakers have voted down a measure giving President Barack Obama the authority to continue the US military action against Libya.

The vote was 295-123, a majority of 172.

The congressional action has no immediate effect on American involvement but represents a setback for the commander in chief.

The vote marks the first time since 1999 that either chamber has voted against a military operation. The last time was over President Bill Clinton's authority in the Bosnian war.

House Republican leaders pushed for the vote, with rank-and-file members saying the president broke the law by failing to seek congressional approval for the three-month-old war.

Some Democrats accused the Republicans of playing politics with national security.

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