Boehner Accuses Obama of War Powers Violation

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.

Source: CNN

35 thoughts on “Boehner Accuses Obama of War Powers Violation”

  1. Boehner does not want a confrontation with the White House over the War Powers Act. Congress has been content for years with effectively granting war making authority to the executive branch. Boehner will be happy if the President approaches Congress within the range of 90-120 days. Republicans really want to avoid a look back to the Bush years. I’m sure that is one of the reasons Boehner did not join as a plaintiff in the suit Prof. Turley filed today.

  2. Eniobob,
    You could be right! I was thinking it might have been some Tennessee Jack Daniels, but as Rick L. states, it looks like eye liner or make-up!

  3. “Don’t you just hate it when reality foes against your bumper sticker slogans.”

    Don’t you just hate it when parts of speech foe against your sentence?

  4. Well said Joeey:

    “Both parties are guilty of violating the spirit of the War Powers Act. And both parties will continue to do so. Each will accuse the other side of violating the law when they think it will score points.”

    I say it is the people that need to rise up, not the lawyers. We are the ones that can hold them accountable. We are the ones that need to draw the line at the constitution and get rid of anyone, either party, that crosses that line.

  5. Did you see that right wing nutjob Rep. Dennis Kucinich is suing the president over this. Oh wait, Dennis Kucinich is a Democrat. Don’t you just hate it when reality foes against your bumper sticker slogans.

  6. raff:

    I think this was his eye candy”Tennessee Titans Golf Ball 12 Pack:

  7. We have not had a ‘good’ war in a long, long, time.

    Both parties are guilty of violating the spirit of the War Powers Act. And both parties will continue to do so. Each will accuse the other side of violating the law when they think it will score points.

    The fact that we are discussing this issue and trying to parse responsibility means that the politicians are free to continue their extralegal activities.

    I wish the legal community (and we are in the age of lawyers leading nations) would stand up and fight against corruption and extralegal acts but this nations lawyers are happy getting their pay and are more corrupt than their counterparts in Pakistan (who at least stood up against corruption).

  8. Buddha has it right. This is all political timing on Boehner’s part. He actually was on record as recently as a couple of weeks ago saying that the President was in compliance.
    Off topic, but is Boehner wearing eye makeup in the picture above???

  9. well.

    well well.

    it was only a matter of time before that pot called the kettle black.

    what a nasty kitchen…..

  10. I noticed that the msm is not reporting on Obama’s unconstitutional war mongering. He’s lucky he is a Democrat, if he was a Republican they would be tearing him apart.

  11. Regardless, the president is in violation of the Constitutional law he vowed to up hold. Obama is a law breaker, so what else is new?

  12. Nal,

    “I wonder why the Speaker (or his advisors) made it?”

    The start of the Presidential election cycle with the GOP debates and negative press against the incumbent opponent. Coincidence in timing? I think not.

  13. Nal:

    “This is an unfortunate error in a letter that charges the President with not paying adequate attention to the WPR. It is also an obvious error. I wonder why the Speaker (or his advisors) made it?”

    They probably thought i t would be taken at face value ,and assumed that no one was watching or reading.

  14. The Boehner Ultimatum Makes No Legal Sense

    The problem with Boehner’s letter is that it assumes that the WPR clock for terminating the introduction of forces into hostilities is 90 days long. But in fact it is 60 days long, and can be renewed for an extra 30 days only “if the President determines and certifies to the Congress in writing that unavoidable military necessity respecting the safety of United States Armed Forces requires the continued use of such armed forces in the course of bringing about a prompt removal of such forces.” WPR, § 5(b)

    This is an unfortunate error in a letter that charges the President with not paying adequate attention to the WPR. It is also an obvious error. I wonder why the Speaker (or his advisors) made it?

  15. JT has convinced me there are major problems with the constitutionality of “undeclared wars.” Yet, when Boehner appears to agree then I have to rethink the whole thing.

  16. “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.”

    Gah! The $750M is a pittance. The true cost is the cost to the Constitution.

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