On Sunday, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) both expressed their opposition to Republican members of the House cutting funding for the United States’ military activities in Libya.
Sunday marked the 90th day of the U.S.’s involvement in Libya, and the alleged deadline, under the War Powers Resolution, for President Barack Obama to seek Congressional approval for the military campaign.
“If we do not continue this effort in Libya, if (Moammar) Gadhafi remains in power, it could have profound consequences,” McCain said on the ABC program This Week, according to an article on CNN.com.
“The president’s done a lousy job of communicating and managing our involvement in Libya, but I will be no part of an effort to de-fund Libya or to try to cut off our efforts to bring Gadhafi down,” Graham said on NBC’s Meet the Press, according to the article.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) stated last week that the House would consider cutting funding for the mission if the President refused to comply with the War Powers Resolution. Also, a bipartisan group of 10 members of Congress has filed suit against Obama, challenging the President’s right to involve the U.S. military in what they termed the “Libyan War.”
“What we have said is that our role in this mission, our support role and the kind of engagement we have right now, does not meet, in our legal analysis… the threshold set by the War Powers Resolution for congressional action,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday, according to the article.