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  • War Powers Plea
    Posted by Jen DiMascio 2:54 PM on May 11, 2011

    As a kickoff to the start of the defense budget season in Congress, the House Armed Services Committee is rapping the president on the knuckles for failing to consult with Congress before invading Libya, requiring the Pentagon to cough up documents related to the planning of the invasion.

    “Although select members were invited to a conference call during a constitutent work week, immediately preceding the president’s press conference, a phone call can hardly be considered significant consultation,” committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon said.

    As such, the committee is now requiring the defense secretary to provide the committee with documents created on or after Feb. 15 regarding the invasion and the War Powers Act, which requires Congress to approve the use of the armed forces for war.

    Tags: ar99, Libya, Congress

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