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. CSnSC

    Liberals are supposed to be smart. What a couple of morons

    June 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe Moore

    @Frank, you know its a double standard for the Democrats. They are the elitists they know whats best for you.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Moore

    @kim, go smoke another joint. This Marxist Obama is the one destroying the United States.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey Graham

      Gee whiz Joe, are you calling Obama a Marxist? Now I've seen everything! Obama's just another right-wing thug filled with hatred, especially for the Muslims as he continues our occupation of their countries.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    @joe moore: I voted *for* Obama, not *because* of him.

    Name calling? Really? When i do that, i tend to target individuals, not perhaps the more *enlightened* majority of voting Americans.

    I know your world of disbelief well. I used to live in your world..

    For 8 LONG years, i watched the clown – knowing that most of the people i met on a regular basis actually walked into the booth and voted TWICE for that moron. FAMILY – people i loved. Every day, it got worse. It was unbelievable and everybody just marched along, toeing the party line totally blind to the painfully obvious tail-spin that was W. Even now, with W wanted for war crimes in some countries, people enshrine him. Incomprehensible.

    Jeez, ya got me going and i forgot the point. You took me back to a time of great anguish and dismay..

    Welcome to it. And, painfully for you – i KNOW, i think you've got another 6 years or so.. You'll get another moron in there soon enough.

    Gobama.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Moore

    Uh...Obama a right wing thug? He was raised a muslim. He and his parents studied communism in college. He hung out with communists.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Moore

    There is already a moron in the white house his name is Obama. Nobama in 2012

    June 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe Moore

    Is that all you all do is bring up Bush? Bush was a progressive. Progressive tear this country up no matter what party they belong to.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. leeintulsa

    @joe moore: 'i know you are, but what am i?' Are you peewee herman? Talk about idiots..

    June 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big Game James

    Good ol' USA. Politicians too busy being politicians to do anything for the American people and the American people too busy coming up with funny nicknames and insults to prove their point instead of finding out how they can give Washington a good swift kick in the pants. Maybe if a few million service industry and truck drivers could afford to refuse to go to work for a couple of weeks maybe somebody would get off their a$$ and get something done!!

    June 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    @joe moore: i'm not pleased with some of the things obama has done. But i've really liked some. Like Clinton – even bush 1. I'm a Libertarian. There was nothing to smile about when W was in office.

    I just don't like being called an idiot. At least address me, don't throw me in with a bunch of yayhoos. That's prejudice, by definition, isn't it?

    June 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Catherine Anderson

    Enough from both sides. Our country is better than the current conversation from both political sides.
    Everyone...everyone has to stop their whinning childish name calling and get us back on track.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Until the Federal Reserve is audited, there is simply no way of US knowing how far off-track our economy went. Let alone how to fix it.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    If your personal finances were in disarray, would you not at least consider auditing your own finances, and reviewing financial decisions that either you or your advisor made? Yet year after year, the government steadfastly refuses to audit the fed. Why do both democrat and republican leaders refuse? Is there even one other issue both party's agree on year after year, for decades?

    June 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    @Big Game James:

    I agree completely.
    Well said!

    June 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sandyk

    As I see it all of this mess started when it somehow became a right for people to own a house with NO MONEY DOWN then when that started to fall apart they started selling mortgages left and right to Fannie Mae sooner or later that aint gonna hold up. people started to think they deserved it all and now. Irresponsible spending and borrowing all around and WE ALL FALL DOWN. then corp and govt have to make up numbers to look good and on and on.....so many dems and repubs had a hand in this mess and alot of citizens just didnt want to hear no and didnt want to deny themselves anything they `deserved` Here endth the lesson LOL

    June 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
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