June 2, 1995 |
The prospect of U.S. ground forces being sent to Bosnia-Herzegovina threatens to trigger a major confrontation between the Clinton Administration and Congress. Yet it could also act as a catalyst for one of the most important congressional foreign policy votes in more than two decades: repeal of the 1973 War Powers Act.
June 16, 2011 |
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 |
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 14, 2011 |
The White House responded Tuesday to claims by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) that the Obama administration is close to violating the War Powers Act by saying that it is in "the final stages" of preparing a package of information for members of Congress that will help clarify the United States' role in Libya. “We are in the final stages of preparing extensive information for the House and Senate that will address a whole host of issues about our ongoing efforts in Libya, including those raised in the House resolution as well as our legal analysis with regard to the War Powers Resolution," said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.
June 29, 2011 |
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 20, 2011 |
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.
June 3, 2011 |
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)