Lawmakers sue Obama for bypassing Congress over Libya military mission

Windsor Genova – AHN News News Writer

Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – Ten members of the House of Representatives led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) sued President Barack Obama before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday for not getting congressional approval on the use of military force in Libya.

The lawsuit by Kucinich and Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Duncan (R-TN), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), John Conyers (D-MI) Ron Paul (R-TX), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Tim Johnson (R-IL) and Dan Burton (R-IN) said Obama violated the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which mandates that any U.S. military mission be first approved by Congress.

The resolution provides a 60-day period to gain authorization from Congress and another 30 days to withdraw from a launched military mission. The Obama administration has until Sunday to withdraw U.S. forces engagement in the Libya civil war.

Obama ordered airstrikes on Libya starting March 19 targeting military installations and command centers of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi to stop military counter-offensives on civilians and rebels demanding his ouster. The U.K. and France also joined the no-fly zone attacks on Libya.

The House has been opposed to the U.S. military intervention in Libya due to unclear objectives of the action.

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