White House: Internal legal opinions on war powers decision varied
June 21st, 2011
07:50 AM ET
4 years ago

White House: Internal legal opinions on war powers decision varied

Washington (CNN) - GOP legislators return Tuesday from a long weekend in their districts and might vote this week on measures to restrict funding for the Libya mission to protest what some say is President Barack Obama's violation of the war powers law.

Obama is in a standoff with House Speaker John Boehner over the issue.

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  1. john

    IMPEACH President Barack Obama's for violation of the war powers law. The United Nations does not grant the president power to take America to war against any country.

    June 21, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I'm no lawyer. As far as I know the WPA was not being followed by all parties. I guess the president must make a formal speech to Congress before a set deadline. But the law also seems to read that Congress must take a vote on the issue before its' own deadline, with or without a speech by the President. Is that why Republicans took that non-binding vote? I dunno.

    Now the argument is that the WPA does not apply. I don't think anyone who is not a lawyer can offer any informed decisions on the question, just rhetoric.

    June 21, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. New Age Independent

    Obama's wild interpretation of the War Powers Act is crazy. The precedent he would create here is incredibly dangerous, especially considering technological advances. By his argument, he could fight this "non war" using ranged weaponry forever, without consent from Congress until the end of time. This is clearly against the intent of the War Powers Act, and should be considered illegal. The arrogance of this administration seems to be endless.

    June 21, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "By his argument, he could fight this "non war" using ranged weaponry forever, without consent from Congress until the end of time. This is clearly against the intent of the War Powers Act, and should be considered illegal."
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    Reagan used the same argument to justify his military actions during the sensitive post-Vietnam years of the 1980s. His actions were questioned because he did not consult nor inform Congress prior to. He said he didn't have to because he went in and came out. Obama has taken it a questionable step further by taking that position on a daily basis. SCOTUS, here we come.

    June 21, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |