Boehner to introduce resolution tomorrow demanding that Obama seek congressional approval on Libya


…Actually, I think Boehner’s the one being forced to make a decision. Dennis Kucinich recently introduced a resolution demanding immediate withdrawal from the Libya coalition; the GOP leadership had to scramble to yank it from the floor before a vote yesterday when it started to look like the thing might actually pass. The new plan, I thought, was to offer a watered-down resolution by Republican Michael Turner and 63 co-sponsors stating that the House “does not approve” of the mission, but I guess even that’s a bridge too far for GOP strategists. Operations in Libya remain popular-ish with the public thanks to the war’s small footprint and lack of media coverage, and Republicans are probably worried after the Bin Laden raid about ceding too much of their cred among hawks to Obama ahead of the election. Hence Boehner’s resolution, which frames congressional opposition as procedural rather than substantive. He’s not saying the GOP disapproves of the mission, just that it disapproves of the way Obama’s handled it legally under the War Powers Act. It’s a punt, in other words, not unlike how The One punted recently on this issue by asking for a resolution of congressional support but not a formal authorization of the mission under the WPA. Hot potato!…

…Exit question: What if Boehner’s resolution passes and Obama simply ignores it, or sends back a letter reminding him that the House is free to vote on authorization or deauthorization without a formal presidential request? What’s the GOP’s move then?

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