Yesterday six Republican senators sent President Obama a letter asking him if he intended with the War Powers Act by either terminating his military intervention in Libya or seeking congressional approval. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and John Cornyn (R-TX).
The senators write:
That action was taken without regard to or compliance with the requirement of section 2(c) of the War Powers Resolution that the United States Armed Forces only be introduced into hostilities or situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances “pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces….”
Congress received your report pursuant to section 4(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution on March 21, 2011. Friday is the final day of the statutory sixty-day period for you to terminate the use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya under the War Powers Resolution. As recently as last week your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continue indefinitely. Therefore, we are writing to ask whether you intend to comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. We await your response.
With tomorrow being the deadline, the president is not expected to pay much attention either to this letter or the statute.
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