Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Congress turns on President Obama: Invokes War Powers Resolution

Cannot take democracy to Libya without safeguarding democracy at home

Monday, in a 248 to 163 vote, the US House of Representatives turned on President Obama by invoking the War Powers Resolution to prohibit funding U.S. military operations in Libya. The House adopted an amendment to a military appropriations bill to end what some Congressional leaders have called Obama's dictatorship and behaving like a king.
Congressional leaders have expressed dissatisfaction at U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to begin and to continue a war on Libya without congressional authorization, a serious violation.
According to U.S. law, the president must seek congressional authorisation to send US troops into combat. He failed to do that and is, therefore, in violation of the War Powers Act and the U.S. Constitution. (See embedded Press TV Youtube video on page left.)
Under U.S. law, the resident must also withdraw forces within 60 days if Congress did not authorize the military action.
Al Jazeera reported Tuesday that the military appropriations amendment, introduced by Democratic representative Brad Sherman (D - CA) invokes the War Powers Resolution, the 1973 law limiting presidential powers on sending troops into combat zones abroad without Congressional consent. 
Sherman's text states, "none of the funds made available by this act may be used in contravention of the War Powers Act."
Politicians must now approve the appropriations bill as a whole and the Senate needs to approve the measure.

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  1. To be honest.. i hate politics and all the politicians.. they are scum

  2. I was listening to this on the radio today.

  3. well it may not be popular opinion but I think it is a step in the right direction
    just handle problems at home and stop trying to run things all over the plent

  4. Is this any different that Afghanistan or Iraq?

    Also, the President can send the Marines to do whatever he wants, like his own personal army (obviously there are rules to this, but I doubt any rules are ever followed when gov't is involved), and Congress is the only one who can declare war, but the last time the US declared war I believe was Korean War.

    I could be completely wrong since I have no idea why I have this information the way I do.

  5. I like how republicans turn anti-war because Obama is pro-war in Libya.