April 6, 2011
The US Senate on Tuesday easily swept aside a symbolic but politically potent measure declaring that President Barack Obama’s decision to intervene militarily in Libya violated the US Constitution.
Lawmakers voted 90-10 to table, or kill, a resolution by Republican Senator Rand Paul that attacked Obama using his own words about the US Congress’s constitutional prerogative to declare war.
The measure recycled Obama’s contention in 2007 when he was a senator and White House contender that “the president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
Paul warned ahead of the vote that “Congress has become a doormat to be stepped upon, to be ignored, and basically to be treated as irrelevant” on the issue of US forces going to war.