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June 16, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas and Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration made clear Wednesday that it will keep running military operations in Libya even if it doesn't get formal approval from Congress, contending U.S. involvement is limited to a support role that does not violate the War Powers Act. The White House is facing pressure from Congress to clarify U.S. actions in Libya, where the conflict has settled into a stalemate despite NATO military efforts launched under a U.N. resolution aimed...
October 4, 1987
Following President Reagan's refusal to invoke the War Powers Act after U.S. helicopters stalked and attacked an Iranian mine-laying vessel, it would appear that this Administration divides laws into two classes: those it agrees with and insists must be followed to the letter, and "technicalities" to be ignored. CAREY SUBLETTE Riverside
April 12, 1986 | SARA FRITZ, Times Staff Writer
Republicans disclosed Friday that they are drafting legislation to give President Reagan full authority to use U.S. military forces to mount a global counterattack against terrorism for an unlimited period without seeking the approval of Congress.
June 29, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution Tuesday authorizing U.S. involvement in the NATO-led mission in Libya, a small step forward in a stubborn legal stalemate between Congress and the White House over the war. If adopted by both chambers of Congress, the resolution would permit U.S. involvement for up to one year, but would restrict any expansion of the nation's role. Four Republican members of the committee joined the Democratic majority to pass the measure on a 14-5 vote.
June 3, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
The House on Friday voted to require President Obama to swiftly report to Congress on the rationale for continued U.S. military engagement in Libya, launching a potential showdown over federal funding for the NATO-led operation. The House voted 268-145 for the resolution that also said the administration has failed to make the case for military action in support of rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, as required by the authority of the War Powers Act. By bringing the resolution forward, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
June 20, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
House Speaker John Boehner and the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate are now inadvertently sharing talking points on President Obama stance on Libya, both saying it doesn't pass the "straight-face test. " The unusually aligned rhetoric between Boehner, a Republican, and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the majority whip, offers another sign of the emerging bipartisan alliance against the White House's reluctance to seek congressional approval for the military operation under the War Powers Act. "It just doesn't pass the straight face test, in my view, that we're not in the midst of hostilities," Boehner said last week about the White House assessment that the aerial bombings underway by the U.S. military as part of the NATO-led operation do not constitute hostilities under the act. Durbin, on Sunday's "Meet the Press," said similarly: "It doesn't pass a straight-face test in my view that we're not in the midst of hostilities.
April 16, 1986 | KAREN TUMULTY and BOB SECTER, Times Staff Writers
Although lawmakers generally expressed support Tuesday for President Reagan's strike on Tripoli, the episode has left an anxious Congress groping for its proper role in what amounts to a totally new kind of warfare for the United States. "It's a war, and yet not a war in the sense we've known it," House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel (R-Ill.) said. "Congress is going to have to get into the act at some point. . . . We're plowing new ground here, and you have to think: 'Hey, what comes next?'
September 22, 2008 | Paul Findley and Don Fraser, Paul Findley (R-Ill.) served in the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1983. Don Fraser (D-Minn.) served in the House from 1963 to 1979.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is conducting hearings on proposals to amend the War Powers Act of 1973. One proposal, House Joint Resolution 53, would wisely tighten restrictions on executive war-making by the president.
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