House Speaker John A. Boehner sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday informing the President that the Congress now views him in breach of the War Powers Resolution absent authorization from Congress for his military deployment in Libya.
The 90th day under the law passed on Sunday since Obama notified Congress that U.S. troops were committed in Libya. Speaker Boehner wrote: “The Constitution requires the president to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’ and one of those laws is the War Powers Resolution, which requires an approving action by Congress or withdrawal within 90 days from the notification of a military operation.”
There remains serious constitutional concerns over the War Powers Resolution as an alternative to a declaration of war under Article I. However, the White House has disregarded even this lesser standard in claiming the right to commit U.S. forces in a third war — at a cost of $750 million.