Posted by: Schuyler R. Thorpe | July 11, 2011

House Republicans Still Hard Up Over Alleged Constitutional Violations

If the GOP and their dimwitted supporters are going to make HASH of Obama’s alleged Constitutional violations, don’t you suppose that they should be digging up dirt on their accusations and presenting them to the public for dissemination–instead of just talking about it and screaming like it will change anything?

We’ve had a long HISTORY of Presidents bending or ducking behind the War Powers Act of 1973. Do you think that Obama was the first–or even the LAST–President to do this?

But the sad fact is, the GOP just doesn’t like Obama one iota. So they are using *any* excuse imaginable to try and embarrass him, make him look like a fool, and try to undermine his Presidency every step of the way.

This isn’t governing. It’s political warfare. A political witch hunt that’s going to have some interesting repercussions for future GOP Presidents who decide to do EXACTLY the same thing Obama has been doing since elected to office.

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House rejects resolution endorsing Libya operations, expected to deny funding

The House of Representatives on Friday rejected a resolution endorsing limited military operations in Libya, and is expected to approve a bill this afternoon that would cut funds for most U.S. military action in the North African country.

The measures are largely symbolic–but show a growing rift between Congress and the White House on presidential war powers, even within President Obama’s own party. Seventy-two Democrats joined the Republican majority to kill the resolution approving of the operations.

This is the first time in 12 years that Congress has not voted to support a national operation. The last instance was in 1999, when the House voted 213-213 on a resolution that would have approved of Bill Clinton’s military action in Kosovo.

The resolution to cut off funds, introduced by Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), would allow the United States to continue working with NATO on intelligence gathering, search and rescue and aerial refueling operations. But a follow-up measure would restrict the military from leading an escalation of force in the region. That vote is expected around 1:30 p.m. EST.

The votes pose a dilemma for congressional Democrats, some of whom believe the White House failed to consult Congress before initiating force against Libya. Within the caucus, the debate raged: Support the president, or take a stand for the chamber and send a clear message to Obama that demands him to consult Congress first.

In preparation for the vote, the White House scrambled to keep the level embarrassment to a minimum. The White House sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to meet with Democratic House members Thursday night, and White House officials spent the evening contacting Democratic members of Congress to sway their votes, Politico reported.

Some Democrats who supported the resolution consider the vote on restricting funds a cheap political stunt. Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, accused the GOP of “toying with national security.”

“The majority is bringing up this resolution in order to embarrass the White House,” Berman said on the House floor before the first vote. “They know it will fail. They want to continue to play games with U.S. national security. Let’s be honest about what’s happening here.”

The operation in Libya has tepid support among the public: Just 39 percent of respondents to a recent Gallup poll said they support the nation’s involvement in Libya while 46 percent disprove.

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