Six Republican senators wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday, asking whether the President plans to act in compliance with the War Powers Act, with regard to the Unites States’ military campaign in Libya. The resolution requires the President to receive approval from Congress for military action lasting longer than 60 days.
“Friday is the final day of the statutory 60-day period for you to terminate the use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya under the War Powers Resolution. Last week, some in your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continue indefinitely, while others said you would act in a manner consistent with the War Powers Resolution,” the letter read, according to a political blog on CNN.com http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/18/republican-senators-press-president-on-war-powers-deadline/.
“Therefore, we are writing to ask whether you intend to comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. We await your response.”
Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) signed the letter.
The Senators also said they believe the President is technically already in violation of the part of the War Powers Act “which says the President’s Constitutional powers allow him to only deploy troops into ‘hostilities’ with a declaration of war, specific authorization from Congress or a national emergency caused by an attack on the U.S.,” according to CNN.