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5/18 Senate Libya Letter

5/18 Senate Libya Letter

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May 18, 2011The Honorable Barack ObamaPresident of the United StatesTheWhite HouseWashington, D.C. 20500Dear Mr. President:On March 19, 2011, you introduced the United States Armed Forces into hostilities in Libya.That action was taken without regard to,or compliance with,the requirement of section 2(c) of theWar Powers Resolution that the United States Armed Forces can only be introduced intohostilities or situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by thecircumstances ³pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) anational emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or itsarmed forces.´.Since that time, numerous aircraft and ships have been deployed and engaged in hostilitiesandremain in situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by thecircumstances. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reports that operations in Libya have cost thePentagon at least $750 million.Section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. § 1544(b)) mandates that:Within sixty calendar days after a report is submitted or is required to besubmitted pursuant to section 4(a)(1), whichever is earlier, the President shallterminate any use of United States Armed Forces with respect to which suchreport was submitted (or required to be submitted), unless the Congress (1) hasdeclared war or has enacted a specific authorization for such use of United StatesArmed Forces, (2) has extended by law such sixty-day period, or (3) is physicallyunable to meet as a result of an armed attack upon the United States. Such sixty-day period shall be extended for not more than an additional thirty days if thePresident determines and certifies to the Congress in writing that unavoidablemilitary necessity respecting the safety of United States Armed Forces requiresthe continued use of such armed forces in the course of bringing about a promptremoval of such forces.Congress received your report pursuant to section 4(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution onMarch 21, 2011. Friday is the final day of the statutory sixty-day period for you to terminate theuse of the United States Armed Forces in Libya under the War Powers Resolution. Last week some in your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continueindefinitely, while others said you would act in a manner consistent with the War Powers
 
The Honorable Barack ObamaMay 18, 2011
Resolution.Therefore, we are writing to askwhether you intend to comply with the requirementsof the War Powers Resolution. We await your response.Sincerely, _______________________________ _______________________________  _______________________________ _______________________________  _______________________________ _______________________________  _______________________________ _______________________________  _______________________________ _______________________________  _______________________________ _______________________________  _______________________________ _______________________________  _______________________________ _______________________________  _______________________________ _______________________________  _______________________________ _______________________________ 

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