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Reality Check: President's Deadline On Libya

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(FOX19) - Reality Check told you about the violations of the War Powers Act when it comes to Libya,  2 weeks ago.

Shortly after, Congress voted heavily in favor of giving the President 14 days to explain the mission and get proper permission from Congress.  On Sunday, that deadline runs out.

Here's a portion of the letter Speaker Boehner sent to the President Tuesday:

"Five days from now, our country will reach the 90-day mark from the notification to congress regarding the commencement of the military operation in Libya, which began on March 18, 2011.  On June 3, 2011, the House passed a resolution which, among other provisions, made clear that the administration has not asked for, nor received, Congressional authorization of the mission in Libya."

In fact, the President is already 30 days overdue for getting authorization from Congress.  The 1973 War Powers Act requires that the President receive authorization for use of the United States Armed Forces within 60 days.  Under the 1973 act, the President has only an additional 30 days to withdraw troops.

Which means in 3 days, the "90 period" in which the President must have all troops out of the field of battle, will expire.

President Obama's administration responded on to Congress on Wednesday, explaining that U.S. operations in Libya,  "do not involve sustained fighting or active exchanges of fire with hostile forces, nor do they involve U.S. ground troops, U.S. casualties or a serious threat thereof."

Over 10 days ago, when the House voted to demand the President get congressional authorization, Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich offered a bill to cut off funding for the mission in Libya effective immediately.  The cost of the war in Libya is now projected by the Department of Defense to pass 1 billion dollars in taxpayer money by September.

Speaker Boehner and other lawmakers voted against cutting off funding because they felt it might leave NATO allies in a bad spot.  Two weeks later, that may be where we are headed again.

Here's what you need to know.

While the President continues to insist that he does not need Congressional authorization because the mission is limited.  The Constitution does not give the President that kind of lead way.

The real question, is the President going to blink?  It doesn't look like it.

Will Congress and Speaker Boehner blink? Or we will he just keep "demanding answers."

If the House does decide to flex  and cut off funding for military action in Libya, what will they do about our on-going bombings in Yemen that also do not have Congressional authorization?

I guess we'll find out in three days.

And that is Reality Check.

Full letter from Speaker Boehner to President Obama http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/06/boehner-warns-obama-libya-will-violate-war-powers#ixzz1piq8gars 

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