House members to sue Obama over Libya
President Barack Obama plans to defend U.S. military involvement in Libya to Congress, the White House says.
June 15th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

House members to sue Obama over Libya

A bipartisan group of House members will file a lawsuit Wednesday challenging U.S. participation in the Libya military mission.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is set to defend U.S. military involvement in Libya to Congress, according to the White House.

The administration will provide a report to address a June 3 House resolution that raised questions about the president's goal in Libya, how he hopes to achieve that goal, why he has not sought congressional authorization for involving U.S. troops abroad, and how much the conflict will ultimately cost, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a letter to Obama on Tuesday that the administration could be in violation of the War Powers Resolution if it fails to get congressional authorization by Sunday, which he notes will be the 90th day since the mission began.

The lawsuit, which will be formally announced at a Washington news conference, will cite the War Powers Resolution as well as the role of Congress in protecting taxpayer's money, said Rep. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, one of the 10 legislators filing it.

A statement by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, an anti-war liberal who is leading the lawsuit effort with Jones, said that the lawsuit will "challenge the executive branch's circumvention of Congress and its use of international organizations such as the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to authorize the use of military force abroad, in violation of the Constitution."

"With regard to the war in Libya, we believe that the law was violated. We have asked the courts to move to protect the American people from the results of these illegal policies," Kucinich said in his statement.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    It's funny how the members of Congress cannot balance the national budget but yet manage to find a way to pay for all these useless and unnecessary wars. When the chips are down, Obama will get his way on this too. The war in Libya will go on, hell or high water!!!

    June 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    Good post, thank you RuffNutt.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    1 out of 8 billion people in the planet prefer green poop. That would be me.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pizza Hut

    Jazzzzzzzz please do not call us anymore. We do NOT serve green poop on pizza.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Do they have the spunk to bring those responsible for Iraq disaster where we lost thousands of American lives and trillion dollar plus of our national treasure, in the dock ???

    June 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Unfortunately saywhat, I don't think so. The MIC(military-industrial-complex) has far too much control over Congress and those goons responsible for Iraq and all those other useless wars will never be brought to justice,sadly enough!

      June 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SweeTeaNoVa

    How much does it cost to sue the president?

    June 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Nothing, SweeTeaNoVa.
    They're all lawyers.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    So, what is your answer to this, fakey? All you do is slam people and take other people's names, sadly enough! Love to know what you're solution would be.
    Hey, you haven't used Lyndsie Graham's name yet, today.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    Hi, JIF.
    Good answer.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George

    To the members of Congress, that are a part of this JOKE. Get a life, get a job; stop all of this BS.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elmore

      Unfortunately they have jobs and they are paid well but they're too busy ruining the White House they cannot do what they're paid to do. Creating jobs for the millions looking for work won't make headlines. In a few words they lie and get elected and we send them back to Washington again and again.

      June 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    To the members of Congress, get a clue, get a job, get off the Front Pages of America!

    June 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    Ok want facts heres some your boys the people that dont work the dummies errr demies have had control of congreress for the last 30 yrs roughly now your boy obama took office with a 7.1pecent unemployment rate and now its dam close to 10 percent and as for obama straighting up the mess that gw got us into hmm do you mean the financial mess with the banks that senators dodd and im toothless and gay barney frank or the mess from 911 well ya know if your guys guy billy would have been doing his job instead of doing monica When the uss cole or the trade center the first time and gotten osama then just might not have been a 911 and its funny but even to this day if something goes wrong its gws fault but if it goes right obama is breaking his arm patting himself on the back remember that song your so vain thats obama

    June 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hogan

    Get in line. Jazzzz is mine.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Good grief banasy! You must be a fan of Sarah Palin with such Tea Party lingo. No doubt you are akin to the right-wing thugs in Washington.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I DID NOT WRITE THAT TO BANASY!

    June 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
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