U.S. House Speaker pressures Obama on Libya
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner warned President Barack Obama on Tuesday that the president would be in violation of U.S. law if he can not gain congressional authorization for military operations in Libya by this weekend, Xinhua reported.
The Speaker was referring to the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which requires congressional authorization within 60 days of military action. The law also includes a further 30-day withdrawal period. Boehner said the 90 days expires on Sunday.
"Either you have concluded the War Powers Resolution does not apply to the mission in Libya or you have determined the War Powers Resolution is contrary to the Constitution," Boehner wrote in a letter to the White House. "The House and the American people whom we represent deserve to know the determination you have made."
Earlier this month, the House adopted a resolution rebuking the Obama administration for launching military operations in Libya without congressional approval.
However, the White House rejected the resolution and insisted the administration has been in regular consultations with Congress and did not violate the law as a result.