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.