Boehner gives Obama Friday deadline on Libya
Stepping up a simmering constitutional conflict, House Speaker John A. Boehner warned President Obama on Tuesday that unless he gets authorization from Congress for his military deployment in Libya, he will be in violation of the War Powers Resolution.
In a letter sent Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Boehner, the top Republican in the constitutional chain of succession, said Mr. Obama must provide a clear justification for committing troops to Libya by Friday. Sunday marks the 90th day since the president notified Congress that U.S. troops had been committed to help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, which is designed to protect the rebels fighting Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s government.
“The Constitution requires the president to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’ and one of those laws is the War Powers Resolution, which requires an approving action by Congress or withdrawal within 90 days from the notification of a military operation,” Mr. Boehner said in the letter.
The White House has repeatedly said it has complied with the law by alerting Congress to the initial deployment, and by providing follow-up briefings about the pace and extent of U.S. troops’ commitment.
But the administration has never sought approval from Congress.
The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war, but makes the president commander-in-chief — and those dueling roles have caused tension throughout the nation’s history.
Two weeks ago the House passed a non-binding resolution that urged Mr. Obama to provide detailed information on the deployment. Mr. Boehner at the time signaled that Congress might cut off funding for the deployment in Libya if the administration didn’t comply.
Answer by Farmlady09 at 8:23 PM on Jun. 14, 2011
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Boehner is a moron it figures he would focus on turning truths into lies and confusing naive Americans. The US did not declare War. The UN and NATO requested help. If the UN had to wait for every counties congress to approve a NATO action then nothing would ever get done. The operation is being handled by the United Nations and NATO forces, we are not even in charge of this conflict. The war powers act prevents the president without the consent of congress from invading another country, for example, if the president sent forces to North Korea without the consent of congress, then yes the president would be in violation of the war powers act..We did not INVADE another country and Obama hasn't violated or broken any law he gave support to NATO which he is allowed BY LAW to do without congressional approval.
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Answer by -Eilish- at 10:48 AM on Jun. 15, 2011