04 Jun '11, 1am

US House presses Obama on Libya conflict

WASHINGTON: The House of Representatives chided President Barack Obama on Friday for failing to obtain congressional approval of US military action in Libya, and demanded answers about his objectives. Republican House Speaker John Boehner's resolution, approved on a 268-145 vote, stopped short of calling for an end to the mission, but rebuked Obama for maintaining a role in the NATO mission while ignoring Congress. The measure calls for a report from the White House within 14 days explaining US objectives in Libya, associated costs, the expected duration of US involvement and an explanation about why Obama didn't seek congressional permission. It warned that Congress "has the constitutional prerogative to withhold funding for any unauthorized use" of the US military. "This resolution puts the president on notice," Boehner said. "He has a chance to get this right and if he ...

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