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Republican senators press president on War Powers deadline

Posted By admin On May 20, 2011 @ 3:30 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Dana Bash
CNN [1]
May 20, 2011

As the U.S. military campaign in Libya approaches the 60-day mark this Friday, six Republican senators wrote President Obama asking if he will comply with the War Powers Act, which says Congress must authorize action that lasts more than 60 days.

“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. Last week some in your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continue indefinitely, while others said you would act in a manner consistent with the War Powers Resolution. Therefore, we are writing to ask whether you intend to comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. We await your response,” wrote the GOP senators Wednesday.

The letter was signed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

The GOP senators said they believe the president already violated part of the War Powers Act – which says the president’s constitutional powers allow him to only deploy troops into “hostilities” with a declaration of war, specific authorization from Congress or a national emergency caused by an attack on the U.S.

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[5] Boehner warns Obama that Libya will violate war powers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/boehner-warns-obama-that-libya-will-violate-war-powers.html

[6] US senators unveil resolution against Libya conflict: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-senators-unveil-resolution-against-libya-conflict.html

[7] GOP Senators: Obama’s Libya Bombing Showed ‘Contempt’ for Congress: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gop-senators-obama%e2%80%99s-libya-bombing-showed-%e2%80%98contempt%e2%80%99-for-congress.html

[8] Pentagon Warns Of M.A.D. Should The War Powers Act Be Enacted And US Withdraw Its Troops From Libya: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-warns-of-m-a-d-should-the-war-powers-act-be-enacted-and-us-withdraw-its-troops-from-libya.html

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