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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-11 05:10 PM
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Clinton To Congress: Obama Would Ignore Your War Resolutions
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Edited on Wed Mar-30-11 05:16 PM by kpete
Source: Talking Points Memo

Clinton To Congress: Obama Would Ignore Your War Resolutions
Susan Crabtree | March 30, 2011, 4:44PM


The White House would forge ahead with military action in Libya even if Congress passed a resolution constraining the mission, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a classified briefing to House members Wednesday afternoon.

Clinton was responding to a question from Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) about the administration's response to any effort by Congress to exercise its war powers, according to a senior Republican lawmaker who attended the briefing.

The answer surprised many in the room because Clinton plainly admitted the administration would ignore any and all attempts by Congress to shackle President Obama's power as commander in chief to make military and wartime decisions. In doing so, he would follow a long line of Presidents who have ignored the act since its passage, deeming it an unconstitutional encroachment on executive power.

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The War Powers Act of 1973, passed in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, puts limits on the ability of the President to send American troops into combat areas without congressional approval. Under the act, the President can only send combat troops into battle or into areas where ''imminent'' hostilities are likely, for 60 days without either a declaration of war by Congress or a specific congressional mandate.

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