Wednesday, June 15, 2011
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) warned President Obama on Tuesday that unless he gets authorization from the Congress for his military operation in Libya, he will be in violation of the 1973 War Powers Resolution.
In a letter sent Tuesday, Boehner said Mr. Obama must provide a clear justification by Friday for committing troops to Libya.
This Sunday marks the 90th day since Obama notified Congress that U.S. troops had been committed to help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, which is designed to protect the rebels fighting Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi — 30 days beyond the 60 day limit for military involvement without Congressional authorization.
Meanwhile, CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, lodged a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Speaker John Boehner for violating the Antideficiency Act, a law designed specifically to prevent government overspending.
At issue, Boehner directed the House Office of General Counsel to sign a $500,000 contract with an outside law firm to help defend the highly controversial and viciously homophobic Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Despite Boehner’s empty-headed promise to end deficit spending, he thinks the House can spending money it doesn’t have, to defend a law of dubious constitutionality.