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Not so fast there, Mister President...


...We require that you explain yourself and your actions in Libya.


RESOLUTION

Declaring that the President shall not deploy, establish, or maintain the presence of units and members of the United States Armed Forces on the ground in Libya, and for other purposes.

Resolved

SECTION 1. STATEMENTS OF POLICY.

The House of Representatives makes the following statements of policy:

(1) The United States Armed Forces shall be used exclusively to defend and advance the national security interests of the United States.

(2) The President has failed to provide Congress with a compelling rationale based upon United States national security interests for current United States military activities regarding Libya.

(3) The President shall not deploy, establish, or maintain the presence of units and members of the United States Armed Forces on the ground in Libya unless the purpose of the presence is to rescue a member of the Armed Forces in imminent danger.

SEC. 2. TRANSMITTAL OF EXECUTIVE BRANCH INFORMATION RELATING TO OPERATION ODYSSEY DAWN AND OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR.

The House of Representatives directs the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General, respectively, to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, copies of any official document, record, memo, correspondence, or other communication in the possession of each officer that was created on or after February 15, 2011, and refers or relates to--

(1) consultation or communication with Congress regarding the employment or deployment of the United States Armed Forces for Operation Odyssey Dawn or NATO Operation Unified Protector; or

(2) the War Powers Resolution and Operation Odyssey Dawn or Operation Unified Protector.

...


Full Text of the Resolution can be found here, and is worth reading as it also requires clear statements of policy intent for the ongoing operations.

Resolution was passed 268-145.

The approved resolution "puts the president on notice," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. "He has a chance to get this right. If he doesn't, Congress will exercise its constitutional authority and make it right."

Perhaps we remain a nation of laws after all...

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Comments (16)

following the vote that pas... (Below threshold)
jim m:

following the vote that passed this resolution, the House voted on a tougher measure offered by Dennis Kucinich. The Kucinich measure would have called for the ending of funding for the action in Libya. While the measure failed 61 Dems voted for it.

The dems are recognizing that obama is a mill stone tied around their necks. He doesn't believe in the Constitution and he is dragging this country into an economic abyss.

While this one is relatively inconsequential, every vote that congressional dems take against him weakens his control over them and will increasingly demonstrate to Americans that he cannot lead.

Ayup.... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Ayup.

Since when do resolutions o... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Since when do resolutions or even laws apply to Democrat presidents?

As for Rambobama, even if the House had passed the Kucinich resolution and even if the Senate had co-signed there's no chance in hell that we'd see a cessation of the war action in Libya. Now more than ever Rambobama needs to distract from the ghastly economy (did you see today's dismal jobs report?) and thus from the administration's viewpoint there needs to be a sufficient modicum of war news percolating around the camp fires. People do after all tend to rally around the flag in times of foreign crises, whether real or of the 'wag the dog' variety.

If the economy keeps sinking then next year be prepared for another Libya or two.

Barry does not care. He's ... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Barry does not care. He's dismiss this with a wave of his hand and an upturned nose while heading to the next party.

True enough the resolutions... (Below threshold)
jim m:

True enough the resolutions are nonbinding.

But consider that every time he backs the dems into a corner and they vote against him he is diminishing his Presidency. Eventually, he reaches the point when the congressional dems start to say, "To heck with him! We are going to vote to protect our hides and he's going to be the one going under the bus."

That's the significance of this. The rank and file are creating a sense that they can live comfortably in opposition to his policies and not suffer consequences. With U6 unemployment ("Real" unemployment) rising to 15.8% the heat is going to stay on. Opposition to his domestic agenda will become increasingly easier and without consequence.

Looks like Barry finally go... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Looks like Barry finally got his "bipartisanship".

divider not uniter... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

divider not uniter

divider not uniter... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

divider not uniter

I'll bet code pink is relie... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

I'll bet code pink is relieved

Bah. A non-binding resolut... (Below threshold)
docjim505:

Bah. A non-binding resolution is the equivalent of a scolding from one's old, senile grammar school teacher. As TexBob says, Captain Bullsh*t will ignore this on his way to his next party or fundraiser.

To paraphrase "Team America":

Captain Bullsh*t: John, John, John! We've been through this a dozen times. This is a NATO mission, so the War Powers Act doesn't apply, OK, John?

John Boehner: Then tell me what our national security concerns are and when it will end, so I can ease the Congress' collective mind. I'm sorry, but the Congress must be firm with you. Tell me, or else.

Captain Bullsh*t [scowls]: Or else what?

John Boehner: Or else we will be very angry with you... and we will pass a non-binding resolution, telling you how angry we are.

Boehner is such a poser. </... (Below threshold)
Art W:

Boehner is such a poser.

What else would you expect from a guy with a spray-on tan?

Where are all of B.O.'s "An... (Below threshold)
dwalk:

Where are all of B.O.'s "Anti-War" supporters?
Why are they all missing in action?

Will they start impeachment... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Will they start impeachment proceedings in 14 days. The boy is a walking crime in action and should be removed from the white house immediately. Next step should be indictment for crimes against the people, trial and execution by hanging as the traitor he is. That will teach other Islamist AH's not to pretend to be Americans.

I pains me to agree with do... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

I pains me to agree with docjim and art here but they are calling it right. Unless Boehner and the rest of Congress hold Obama responsible and do what Scrapiron suggests, which is the Constitutional process for this mess, this is only giving lip service to impress the public. To serve the country, our Congress must do more than say the right, it thing must act.

Maddox @ 14,This w... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Maddox @ 14,

This was the warning shot across the bow. Expect to see explicit de-funding measures if the Administration does not answer.

Send a message to Congress ... (Below threshold)
FedUp:

Send a message to Congress NOT to retreat... AND - Start impeachment proceedings on this domestic terrorist!




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