(A)ny president, if we are attacked, if our country is attacked, has even under the War Powers Act very strong powers to go after that country. But short of that, he must come to the Congress.?
-- Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an Oct. 14, 2007 interview with ABC News.
Relations between Congress and the White House are reaching new lows as the administration refuses to back down on President Obama?s three-month long military campaign against Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi.
Today is the last day for the Obama administration to make its case to Congress for authorization for the continued involvement of U.S. forces in the Libyan civil war. The growing consensus in Congress is that without approval the president will be in clear violation of the War Powers Resolution as of Sunday.
Speaker John Boehner bought more time for the war effort with a resolution of general disapproval for the president?s unilateral approach to the multi-national war. By bringing forward the measure, Boehner helped sap Republican support for a bipartisan measure that would have immediately stripped U.S. funding for the NATO air campaign against the Libyan strongman.
The WAR Powers resolution gives the president 60 days to fight then 30 days to bring troops home-Obama says he will stay as long as it takes...
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