White House, congressional leaders block Libya debate

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June 1, 2011
The Nation Blog
by John Nichols  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"President Obama committed U.S. forces to a military conflict with Libya. He did so without without following the basic dictates of the Constitution, which requires that wars be declared by Congress, or the War Powers Act, which outlines requirements and timelines for cooperating with the House and Senate after a war has begun. Congressman Dennis Kucinich has raised this issue again and again, pressing for congressional oversight -- sometimes on his own, sometimes in the company of a handful on constitutionally-concerned Democrats and Republicans such as Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Now, two months into the fight, Kucinich, D-Ohio, is pressing the point." (06/01/11)


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