Friday, June 23, 2011
By a whopping 295-123 vote on Friday, the U.S. House voted down a measure giving President Obama the authority to continue U.S. military action against Libya.
The 295-123 vote represents a stinging repudiation of the commander in chief.
While aboard Air Force One en route to Latin Article, on March 18, President Obama ordered amphibious war ships to the Mediterranean to participate in U.S.-led military attacks against Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi.
House Republicans and Democrats are livid with Obama for not seeking congressional authorization for the 3-month-old war against Gaddafi, as required under the 1973 War Powers Resolution. The 1973 law says the president must seek congressional consent for military actions within 60 days. That deadline has long since passed.
A New York Times article said Obama overruled his legal advisers further incensing members of Congress.