Disgruntled House set to vote on Libya resolutions

Rebels patrolling between the villages of Bir Aryyad and Yfren on Wednesday.
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Rebels patrolling between the villages of Bir Aryyad and Yfren on Wednesday.
President Obama
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President Obama

“I just believe that because of the president’s failure to consult with the Congress, failure to outline to the American people why we’re doing this before we engaged in this puts us in a position where we have to defend our responsibilities under the Constitution,” House Speaker John Boehner said at a Thursday press conference. “This is primarily a fight between the Congress and the President over his unwillingness to consult with us before making this decision.”  

Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the House Democrats, said she believes Obama “has the latitude to do what he is doing as long as there are no boots on the ground,” but, “I also always say that consultation strengths the resolve of the country and the more consultation the better in that regard, whether or not it triggers the War Powers Act.”

But Pelosi’s support hasn’t succeeded in creating a united Democratic front behind Obama. Earlier this month, 61 Democrats voted for a failed resolution to defund the mission, a bill brought by Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat among the litigants in the War Powers Act lawsuit.

Kucinich announced yesterday he would support today’s resolution defunding the effort, as well as propose an amendment to a Department of Defense funding bill barring funds from being spent on the Libyan war.

We haven’t taken a formal position on this because we’re split on this,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat who chairs the caucus with Ellison. He voted to defund the mission earlier this month. “I think it’s an issue in which there is no formal position because there is no consensus on it. Every member does what he or she feels is appropriate for their position or their conscience.”

Grijalva said he doesn’t support either the mission in Libya or the way Obama has bypassed Congress, but he said he wouldn’t vote for a resolution if it was simply a Republican attack on the president’s policies.

Ellison, meanwhile, told C-SPAN, “I’m not going to vote for some precipitous ‘get out now’ [resolution], but I do believe we need a greater degree of accountability.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 06/24/2011 - 11:38 am.

    WASHINGTON – The House has voted down a measure giving President Barack Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military action against Libya.

    The vote was 295-123 on Friday. The congressional action has no immediate effect on American involvement but represents a repudiation of the commander in chief.

  2. Submitted by will lynott on 06/24/2011 - 12:19 pm.

    I can’t remember, did deploying the Armed Forces w/o a congressional declaration of war begin with Truman, or does it go back farther than that?

    Whoever started it, he started an unconstitutional slippery slope that made the Libyan action inevitable.

  3. Submitted by Shirley Gallagher on 06/24/2011 - 08:01 pm.

    I wonder if the White House hadn’t done any thing and waited until thousand of citizens in Libya were killed, if the Congress would be asking the same type of question. The Media were flashing screaming people in Libya asking for help.

    These question were not asked when we invaded Iraq and took down Saddam Husseia who didn’t have WMD. But had to take out because he was a Dictator. No one in Iraq were asking for help.

    Politicans are becomming a game players and its not for the people, it all about politicans and the power they can keep.

  4. Submitted by Jim Kendall on 06/25/2011 - 01:51 am.

    The motivation of the true Libyan people (the “Rebels”) exists as identical to the “North American” colonies in their bid to fight to attain freedom from the yoke and sovereignty of Great Britain.
    We in America are approaching another July 4th celebration of our emancipation from England, and formation of our own Democratic union.
    Any who cannot readily acknowledge these parallels with the struggle, entailing scant arms and resources, of the Libyan Rebels in their determination to de-throne the tyrant Moammar Gaddafi and his thuggish family; have missed the historically-accurate tea party, and are sipping their decoction from the bone-china of a spurious “Tea Party.”

  5. Submitted by Glenn Mesaros on 06/25/2011 - 03:08 am.

    NeroBama is raising millions from Wall Street while openly repudiating the Constitution. Citizens must take back our Country and impeach the most evil President who ever resided in the White House before it is too late. Congress can start this action, and stop Wall Street destruction of our economy by passing HR 1489 to restore Glass Steagall banking legislation.

  6. Submitted by Glenn Mesaros on 06/25/2011 - 09:18 am.

    Obama is violating the Constitution worse than Bush with his flagrant disregard of Congress in making wars around the world. He knows he cannot under any constitutional grounds get re elected to a second term. There is a bipartisan rebellion in Congress to restore the Constitution.

    Now what’s really interesting is that the Tea Party Caucus of some 50 plus members split on supporting the Constitution vs. Obama, with Michele Bachmann leading the charge to support Obama’s illegal war under the nefarious cover of “supporting the troops”.

    Here was a perfect opportunity for her to take a principled approach to restoring her beloved Constitution, and she failed the test! Obama and Bachmann – political bedfellows!

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