Congressional members to file lawsuit over Libya
June 15th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
9 years ago

Congressional members to file lawsuit over Libya

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A bipartisan group of House members will file a lawsuit Wednesday challenging U.S. participation in the Libya military mission.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is set to defend U.S. military involvement in Libya to Congress, according to the White House.


Filed under: Congress • Libya
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Nothing like a long expensive lawsuit to convince America how broke we are!

    June 15, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. gt

    dennis kasinch do something....

    June 15, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Oldest trick in the book. Nothing like forcing your opponent to take his eye off the ball. We have forgotten all about the debt limit stand-off. We have let it slip that Republicans are trying to renegotiate (that means renege) the FY2011 budget as part of the debt limit battle.

    Don't forget that most of the opposition to the action in Libya were also the same voices criticizing the administration for not going with boots on the ground and knocking out the Libyan government. To be run by who?

    June 15, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. MikeG

    If only you did this with Iraq. Political Dogs. All of you. All for the party. Nothing for the country. What goes around comes around.

    June 15, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. The Elephant In The Room

    1.) This will take the focus off Weiner

    2.) This will take the focus off of the Missing-in-Action JOBS-creating actions promised by Congressional Republicans just 6 months ago.

    3) This will take the focus off of an comprehensive clean, renewable based Energy Policy that would keep us out of expensive wars in the Middle East and which kill our armed forces.

    4.) This will take the focus off of a relentless improvement of US public school education. When we don`t have innovative products in 2020 from inspired entreprenuers – or skilled techically saavy worker to build them, we can thank these Congressmen for their irrelevant lawsuit.

    June 15, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. David Kramer

    Rule of law folks. That is the most important thing in the darkest hour.

    June 15, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Big Like A Pickle

    Forget this lawsuit and let's just start the impeachment process.

    Oh yea, when can we have BHO give back the Nobel Peace Prize? He's qualified for the Nobody Piece OS Prize and that's about it.

    Keep it real.

    June 15, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. carl

    @MikeG – What are you talking about? Congress declared war on Iraq.

    June 15, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. ScottM

    Will we get any benefit, even so much as oil to replenish our costs to free Iraq and help stabalize Afganistan? Nope! Not one dime. When will you so-called elected leaders start leading this country in a positive, protectionistic direction? I've lived through the debacles of Korea, Viet Nam and every other "skirmish" we've half-heartedly involved ourselves with only to be taunted by the likes of Iran/Russa/China. No more! Now!

    June 15, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Dave

    This is proof that Obama is just an Israeli puppet dancing to the tune of our twisted owners in TelAviv.

    June 15, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. chukkalady

    The laws don't apply to this president.

    June 15, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Alan

    If this, or any President is within the boundaries of the Constitution, leave him alone. If there is any serious question that they have violated the Constitution, there should be no choice but to seek impeachment. They accept the responsibility when they take the oath of office. It should never be a matter of which side of the aisle a congressman sits as to how it is interpreted. The Constitution is pretty clear and Congressmen took the oath to defend it.

    June 15, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Bill from GA

    They have to do something to keep their minds off the slow economy. Oh, wait, they said they were going to FIX the slow economy.

    Where's the jobs bill??

    June 15, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Andy Ringsmuth

    Ummm, MikeG, President Bush DID do this with Iraq. He complied fully with the War Powers Act and acted with full Congressional backing as voted by Congress in October 2002.

    June 15, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. vaughn brown

    Obama does whatever the hell he wants. He thinks the office of the President is a legislative, ruling position. I honestly think he fancies himself as the King of the USA. Did this guy even pass elementary school social studies? Does he understand what the office of the President is? I doubt it. He did come directly into the Senate from ACORN, a Communist organization.

    June 15, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Dan Holiday

    To MikeG:

    Congress approved the war in Iraq, unlike the action in Libya...nice try...haha.

    June 15, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. eaglecaps

    Where are all the peace protesters that came out in DROVES when we went to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq?
    Too busy fiddling with your iPhone or Mac? WAKE UP!!!!!!

    June 15, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Pink Elephant

    Bush obtained Congressional approval ... not sure why some of you are bring that up. Where are all the lefties asking "why" we're in a country that never harmed us? Why aren't people calling Obama out on telling Americans "we'll be in Libya days, not months" ... with no update since. Not to mention we're aiding al-Qaeda groups in Libya, while killing them elsewhere. What is the objective for $4 million dollars per day?

    June 15, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Brian R.

    To Mike G. President Bush notified and received approval from congress to act in Iraq unlike President Obama with Libya who did not. This is a constitutional powers issue and it appears Obama acted outside of the consistution.The Iraq war and Libya war are nothing alike. Section 4(a)(1) requires the President to report to Congress any introduction of U.S. forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities. When such a report is submitted, or is required to be submitted, section 5(b) requires that the use of forces must be terminated within 60 to 90 days unless Congress authorizes such use or extends the time period. Section 3 requires that the "President in every possible instance shall consult with Congress before introducing" U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities.

    June 15, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. John

    I guess you liberal lemmings missed the first few words in the article : "A bipartisan group of members "
    That means Dems and Reps....can't you people take your partisan blinders off for one second? Bush's war had bipartisan support, he got approval of congress. Why is that you support Obamma's war when he got no approval? We have no busniess being there and this trully is an illegal war. But I guess the obamma bots will support anything he does no matter what. What a bunch of sheep you are. Totally Irrational... Bush wars bad, Obamma wars good.....right libs?

    June 15, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Kris

    Forget the War Powers Act. Article I Sec. 8 of the Constitution says that "Congress shall have the power... to declare War." That means the president has authority to decide exactly how we fight after Congress decides who and when. Madison, Hamilton and Jay in the Federalist Papers explained that this division of power is one of the main things distinguishing our president from a king. Even Senator Obama, just a few years ago, said he agreed that the president may not legally get us into war without Congress.

    The current president, unlike even Bush, is claiming that he doesn't need Congress' permission to send US troops into danger. If we tolerate that stance, we've destroyed another part of the Constitution in direct defiance of something our Founders specifically warned us not to do. So, if the president refuses to withdraw our troops and doesn't get authorization, we need to either immediately force withdrawal or begin impeachment. Don't accept any explanation about how this isn't a "real" war, if it includes US troops risking their lives and shooting at people. The Constitution offers no such excuse.

    June 15, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Texas Patriot

    Obama clearly initiated an unconstitutional action. Congress is actually doing it's JOB in this case. Some of you people are complete idiots. If our constitution is meaningless, presidents and congress can do whatever they please with no limits. Get your heads out . . . .

    June 15, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. celador2

    War powers act requires the president get the OK from Congress for wars. Bush did. The US military is not a personal army of the president.

    June 15, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. WallyG

    It's time to recognize the plain facts staring us all in the face. Obama is an incompetent, in ovber his head, unqualified, one term junior Senator from Illinois who has taken more vacations in one year that eight opf the previous Prez's combined! He ignores court orders, ignores the US Constitution and is probably amassing a fortune selling influence and favors the media doesn't wishg to report but which is common knowledge in DC. His judgment is questionable and his lies perpetual. He hasn't done much beyond eliminate the US economy, increase poverty, homelessness, crime rates, while encouraging illegals to flood the US for his election!

    June 15, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. I may be a birther but at least I'm not a forger

    Impeach this foreign-born occupant of the White House. His decisions and policies prove he does not have the USA's best interests at heart.

    June 15, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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