'This Is Not the King's Army': House OKs War Powers Scolding
“Any U.S. involvement in Syria must be fully compliant with the War Powers Act and should be debated in Congress,” added Rigell.
At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) reintroduced a bill to make over the War Powers Resolution and "reassert the constitutional responsibility of Congress regarding the use of force."
"While the president has the constitutional authority to take action to defend our cherished way of life, the Congress was empowered to decide when we would go to war. However, this process has become out of balance over recent decades, with Presidents of both parties not complying with the provisions as originally intended,” Gibbs said when he introduced his legislation, which has 32 co-sponsors, in January.
Obama has dodged questions about whether he thinks the 1973 resolution is constitutional or not.
On Friday, Obama sent a report to House Speak John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate President Pro Tempore Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) detailing the status of U.S. actions in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Cuba (the president now on fire about the evils of Guantanamo reported that combat-equipped U.S. forces "continue to conduct humane and secure detention operations for the approximately 166 detainees").
The notice also said about 180 U.S. personnel are deployed to Niger to aid the French effort against Islamists in Mali and about 100 military personnel are still trying to find guerrilla leader Joseph Kony in Uganda. In Kosovo, the U.S. still contributes about 750 personnel to the NATO-led Kosovo Force.
"Approximately 690 military personnel are assigned to the U.S. contingent of the Multinational Force and Observers, which have been present in Egypt since 1981," Obama added.
On May 17, about 30 additional U.S. forces were deployed "to further support the security of U.S. personnel in Libya."
There was no mention of Syria in the memo sent to Congress, but Boehner and Leahy also received a classified addendum containing "additional information about regional security operations."
"I have directed the participation of U.S. Armed Forces in all of these operations pursuant to my constitutional and statutory authority as Commander in Chief (including the authority to carry out Public Law 107-40 and other statutes) and as Chief Executive, as well as my constitutional and statutory authority to conduct the foreign relations of the United States," Obama concluded. "Officials of my Administration and I communicate regularly with the leadership and other Members of Congress with regard to these deployments, and we will continue to do so."