What would you expect from this pathetic old man who is nothing more than a puppet of Obama's?????.....What a crime to have people in the leadership of our government like "dirty" Harry Reid!.....He's old, pathetic, and certainly now capable of leading the senate.....How Nevadians could have EVER reelected him is beyond me....but it's part of the left coast so I guess anything is possible....and when you buy off all the unions I guess you can win...But the American People are the one's that suffer.....The Republicans need control control of the Senate in 2012!
June 17, 2011
Reid backs Obama on Libya, War Powers Act
When it comes to the conflict in Libya, President Barack Obama has an ally in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The Nevada Democrat on Friday broke with the Senate's No. 2 Democrat and backed the White House's position that Obama does not need congressional approval to continue U.S. military operations in the north African nation.
"The War Powers Act has no application to what's going on in Libya," Reid said Friday night during an appearance on PBS's "The NewsHour." "We did an authorization for Afghanistan; we did one for Iraq. But we have no troops on the ground there [in Libya], and this thing is going to be over before you know it anyway."
Concerned about the cost of the U.S. mission in Libya, House Republicans have argued that the War Powers Act requires Obama to seek congressional authorization if he wants to continue operations past 90 days. And House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) this week threatened to cut off funding for U.S. involvement in Libya.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Reid's right-hand man, told reporters in Chicago: "Congress alone has the constitutional authority and responsibility to declare war."
But Reid said "what we're doing there is the right thing to do" and that the War Powers Act doesn’t apply to the U.S. military's supportive role in the NATO operation against Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi, an argument the White House outlined in a 32-page report to Congress this week.
The majority leader has held discussions with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) about a possible Senate resolution regarding Libya. But he didn't know if or when the legislation would be brought to the floor.
As for Boehner's warning that he may hold a vote to cut off funding, Reid responded: "I think the speaker should be very careful about these threats."