Tuesday, Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner stepped up to the plate and sent a message to President Barack Obama and his administration in Washington. That message was quite simply that if Obama and the federal government do not get direct permission from the United States Congress, then they could be guilty of violating the War Powers Resolution.
Boehner, the Republican from Ohio, said in a letter that the Obama administration has until Sunday to get the permission from Congress for the United States’ role in Libya. There is a ninety-day span in which the White House needs to obtain permission from Congress and that time limit is up on Sunday.
Furthermore, the White House has until Friday to answer questions presented by the House of Representatives about the Libyan mission.
Boehner’s explicitly said, “It would appear that, in five days, the administration will be in violation of the War Powers Resolution unless it asks for and received authorization from Congress or withdraws all U.S. troops and resources from the mission. Since the mission began, the administration has provided tactical operational briefings to the House of Representatives, but the White House has systematically avoided requesting a formal authorization for its action.”
Boehner expressed his displeasure with the White House not coming to Congress to officially put together a strategy and inform the rest of the government of the plans at hand.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives went on to bash Obama. Boehner said that Obama is only making matters worse by not taking charge of the matter and letting the lack of order continue and grow.
Reports are coming out that there are numerous Democrats and Republicans who are not in favor of the mission in Libya. The fact that many congressmen and congresswomen are not very aware of what is going on overseas in Libya is likely to play a role in why they are against it.
There are also many Democrats and Republicans who are supporting the mission and are pleased with it. Furthermore, according to Arizona Senator John McCain, the Obama administration is likely to send over an official report about the mission followed by an official vote on the mission to determine whether or not to support it.
The attention is now on President Obama and his administration. It is expected that they are going to come to Congress to get the official approval simply to avoid unnecessary stickiness.