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. Philip

    @sandyk..."all of this mess" started a long time ago with the formation of the Federal Reserve. Now that some of the smoke from this recent "downturn" has cleared, take a look at who owns the Crossroads Mall in Norman, OK. Who owns Harley-Davidson? And how is it even possible that the Federal Reserve is taking possession of US propeties and businesses? Without ever being audited! It's like saying "here, take it. we won't even ask you how you got it".

    June 16, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      Welcome to the USSA.

      Not if we can help it. Our FOUNDING FATHERS warned us about big gov't. But $$$$ wins. for now.........

      June 16, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. What about 800 billion?

    Congress gave nearly a trillion dollars to the banks that screwed us.
    Now they want to sue a yuppie nigGger on welfare that is posing as a president who bows to the king of Saudi Arabia?

    June 16, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
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