House Votes to Give President 2 Weeks to Address Congress on Libya

by on June 3, 2011 · 6 comments

in American Empire, War and Peace

Ban on US Ground Troops Continues Under Boehner’s Resolution; Kucnich’s Resolution Fails

by Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com / June 03, 2011

The Obama Administration’s war in Libya has been illegal under US law since May 20, but the House of Representatives decided to give him a 14 day extension anyhow, as a vote largely along party lines saw Rep. John Boehner’s (R – OH) tepid resolution on the conflict pass by a vote of 268-145.

The Boehner Resolution would reiterate the ban on US ground troops in Libya and would give President Obama an additional 14 days to seek Congressional authorization and explain the point of the war. Under the War Powers Act of 1973 the President has 60 days to seek such an authorization, a period which lapsed two weeks ago.

Meanwhile a much stronger resolution from Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D – OH) failed, with a final vote of 148-265. The vote saw a split in both parties. The resolution would have demanded that President Obama immediately move toward ending the US involvement in the war in Libya.

Boehner’s last minute resolution was presented as an alternative to Kucinich’s after the House leadership tried to block Kucinich’s from being considered at all, fearing it had a good chance of passing if considered by itself. After the similar Sherman Amendment narrowly failed yesterday, officials were more bold about letting the resolution come to a vote.

A number of representatives in both parties have expressed serious concern about the decision to launch a war without Congressional authorization. The Obama Administration insists it is confident Congress would approve, if asked.

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avatar Citizen Cane June 4, 2011 at 8:40 am

NATO is now using Apache helicopters in Libya…more jobs for American aerospace.

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avatar Citizen Cane June 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

Correction…the British have a license-built version of the Boeing Apache that is built in the UK.

Still…I don’t like the two week delay. He should at least post something on Twitter. Maybe he’s trying to make some backroom deal to buy German silence on the subject…that’s my guess.

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avatar dave rice June 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

“The Obama administration insists it is confident Congress would approve, if asked.”

And so they’re not asking because…?

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avatar Frank Gormlie June 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

Friday, June 3rd: important vote on Libya in the House of Reps. Sat, June 4th: in the San Diego U-T – not one story, not one paragraph, not one photo, not one word on this vote or the issue of the War Powers Act. Absurd! Unbelievable! The daily newspaper of a “major” US city.

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avatar Goatskull June 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Absurd but not surprising for the UT.

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avatar barbara June 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Ban on ground troops? Bwahhhhhhhhhhhhh, hey, I have a nice bridge to sell.

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