Senators Kerry, McCain Push Resolution to Support Libya War

Bill Falls Short of Explicitly Authorizing Conflict

A “bipartisan” resolution was introduced by Senators John Kerry (D – MA) and John McCain (D – AZ), the two most recent failed presidential candidates, to express non-specific Senatorial “support” for the war in Libya.

The move appears to be a response to President Obama’s failure to secure any Congressional approval for the war by Friday, which was the deadline required under the War Powers Act. Obama requested approval late Friday afternoon.

Yet even this resolution, so late in the game, would not satisfy the requirement of Congressional authorization under the act. Instead, it is merely a non-binding expression of support.

It still holds meaning, however, as the vote would be a test for the Senate’s willingness to enforce this particular law. Sen. McCain has expressed opposition to the notion of the law, and if enough senators support this resolution it will suggest that the president can continue to ignore the law with impunity.

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