The Washington Times reports:
Crossing party lines to deliver a stunning rebuke to the commander in chief, the vast majority of the House voted Friday for resolutions telling President Obama he has broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing U.S. troops to the international military mission in Libya.
In two votes — on competing resolutions that amounted to legislative lectures of Mr. Obama — Congress escalated the brewing constitutional clash over whether he ignored the founding document’s grant of war powers by sending U.S. troops to aid in enforcing a no-fly zone and naval blockade of Libya.
The resolutions were non-binding, and only one of them passed, but taken together, roughly three-quarters of the House voted to put Mr. Obama on notice that he must explain himself or else face future consequences, possibly including having funds for the war cut off.
“He has a chance to get this right. If he doesn’t, Congress will exercise its constitutional authority and make it right,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner, the Ohio Republican who wrote the resolution that passed, 268-145, and sets a two-week deadline for the president to deliver the information the House is seeking.
The President’s only allies were Dem leaders, who said the resolution wasn’t ” helpful as the president tries to aid U.S. allies’ efforts”.
Yesterday, a patient Jay Carney rebuked White House reporter, Keith Koffler for daring to question the wisdom of Obama’s Libya exercise:
As you can see, Jay got a little demeaning, suggesting I’m expressing opinions and proposing that I must have been on vacation last time he answered the question. If only it were so!
Anyway, it’s an old press secretary tactic to try to avoid a tough question by attacking the interlocutor, so I don’t take it personally, although I doubt Jay like me very much. But I do like that he calls on me even though he knows I won’t be lobbing a softball his way.
Anyway, now that that’s done, the House resolution can go about quietly dying in the Senate and being thoroughly ignored by Obama. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll get an indignant Rand Paul floor speech out of it, but I wouldn’t raise my expectations any higher than that. Only one thing is certain, my friends: That upcoming round of golf between Obama and Boehner is going to be even more awkward than thought.
I was thinking the same thing.
Hat tip: iOWNTHEWORLD.