U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt announced Tuesday he has cosponsored a resolution to authorize “the limited use of U.S. Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya.”
“President Obama is not exempt from the War Powers Act, and our military’s continued engagement in Libya clearly requires congressional authorization,” said Blunt in a statement. “While I disagree with President Obama’s disregard for congressional authorization, we must ensure our military has the ability to succeed in Libya.”
The resolution is cosponsored by a number of senators, including Sens. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and Mark Kirk, R-Illinois. The measure would expire one year after it is enacted.
Blunt went on to say that President Barack Obama has the “responsibility to clearly outline our mission in Libya, and I believe that mission must include the removal of Muammar Qadaffi and his regime from power and America’s full support for the freedom-seeking Libyan people.”
“After months of engagement, President Obama has failed to clearly outline America’s mission in Libya, which has created confusion for both our armed forces and our nation’s allies,” Blunt said.