After the House passed a measure on Friday rebuking President Obama for not seeking congressional approval of the U.S. campaign in Libya, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., further criticized the actions of the Obama administration in a Washington Post op-ed on Monday.
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Writing that the White House “has only itself to blame,” Lugar said that “the administration faces bipartisan opposition in Congress because it has, for more than two months, sidestepped the clear constitutional and legislative intent that a president obtain congressional authorization to go to war.”
While the White House called the House vote “unnecessary and unhelpful” and pushed for a nonbinding Senate resolution, Lugar said it “would have no force of law,” as the device is often used to commemorate noncontroversial events, as opposed to an official congressional approval of a war.
This is not consistent with the War Powers Resolution, which requires congressional authorization within 60 days of U.S. involvement in a conflict, Lugar said.