House Scolds Obama on Libya
But it rejects more drastic measure demanding withdrawal
By Tim Karan, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2011 4:40 PM CDT
Congress voted to give Obama 14 days to convince them US forces should be involved in the Libya conflict.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama has two weeks to convince Congress that involvement in attacks against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi are in the best interest of the US, according to a resolution approved on Capitol Hill today. The House criticized the president for moving ahead with the 76-day-old military campaign without seeking congressional approval, reports the Washington Post. However, it rejected a resolution proposed by Dennis Kucinich demanding withdrawal of US forces within 15 days.

If Obama fails to "provide Congress with a compelling rationale," legislators from both parties said they would cut funding for the operation or vote to "formally" disapprove of the war. “This resolution puts the president on notice," says House Speaker John Boehner. "He has a chance to get this right. If he doesn’t … we will make it right.” Many legislators expressed concern that Obama missed the 60-day deadline for approval set up by the 1973 War Powers Resolution. “This is not the king’s army,” says GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. “This is an unconstitutional and illegal war. And I think it sets a very dangerous precedent.”

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Jeffrey-Lebowski
Jun 5, 2011 7:50 PM CDT
Get off Obamas ass he is just a humble community organizer, he doesn't know any better.
stabi1334
Jun 4, 2011 1:41 PM CDT
Poll: Should the United States pull out of Libya? http://www.wepolls.com/p/626308/Should-the-United-States-pull-out-of-Libya
zdaydream
Jun 4, 2011 1:34 PM CDT
**“This is not the king’s army,” says GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. “This is an unconstitutional and illegal war. And I think it sets a very dangerous precedent.”**B/S, look what george bush did. he created lies to start an all new war in Iraq. We watched Gadhafi bombing his own people up. We haven't even stepped foot into Libya.Yes republicans, make us come home. Watch Gadhafi murder without constraint. That blood will be on your hands. <:-)