UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
____________________________________)DENNIS KUCINICH, et al., ))Plaintiffs, ))v. ) Civil Action No. 11-1096 (RBW))BARACK OBAMA, et al., ))Defendants. )____________________________________)
This case in which the plaintiffs, ten members of the United States House of Representatives, filed a five-claim complaint against the defendants alleging, among otherthings, violations of the War Powers Clause of the United States Constitution, U.S. Const. art. I,§ 8, cl. 2, and the War Powers Resolution, 50 U.S.C. §§ 1541-1548 (2006), is before the Courton the defendants' motion to dismiss. For the reasons explained below, the defendants' motionwill be granted.
Viewed in the light most favorable to the plaintiffs, the facts currently before the Courtare as follows. On March 19, 2011, President Barack Obama ordered United States militaryforces to attack the "armed government forces of Libya." Compl. ¶ 31. "Before attacking thegovernment of Libya, President Obama did not seek or receive [the] approval of Congress in any
In deciding the defendants' motion, the Court considered the following filings made by the parties: theComplaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief ("Compl."); the Memorandum in Support of Defendants' Motion toDismiss ("Defs.' Mem."); the Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Defendants'Motion to Dismiss ("Pls.' Opp'n"); and the Reply in Support of Defendants' Motion to Dismiss ("Defs.' Reply").
Because the defendants' motion to dismiss raises purely legal questions, the Court will only briefly describethe facts underlying this lawsuit.