Constitution Watch: Congressmen Suing Obama Over War Powers Act Violations

The Libyan conflict entered its 90th day last Sunday, the last day for a President to order military action in a foreign country without reporting to Congress under the rules of the War Powers Act.

According to the legislation, the President must end military involvement unless Congress authorizes its continuation. However, President Obama declared that he does not need to go to Congress in this situation because the “hostilities” described in the War Powers Act do not apply to the situation in Libya. Despite this position taken by the administration, there are still disagreements among the members of the President’s legal team, especially from Pentagon Counsel Jeh Johnson and Caroline Krass, acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, who claim America’s involvement in the NATO-led air campaign to be subject to the discretion of the War Powers Act.

In response to this lack of Congressional approval, there is a bi-partisan lawsuit being issued against President Obama that is making its way to Federal Court. The lawsuit, which has the support of anti-war congressmen Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Ron Paul (R-Texas), aims to force the President to withdraw US forces from the NATO operation in Libya, claiming that the intervention is unconstitutional due to the President’s failure to notify Congress about the involvement. So far, our intervention in the Libyan civil war is costing the taxpayers $10 million per day, and the conditions in that country continue to deteriorate as the battle has ground to a bloody stalemate. More at

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