Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 2:44 PM
Olivier Knox talked to John Kerry , chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, about whether there will be a vote on a resolution approving the intervention in Libya. According to the War Powers Resolution, such a resolution is probably needed 60 days after committing U.S. military force. According to the calendar, the 60 days are up on May 20 or 22. So what's happening?
"The original resolution is in limbo at this point," said Kerry, who in late March partnered with like-minded lawmakers to craft such a measure in case it were needed to satisfy a requirement of a US law governing the use of force overseas... Kerry said a resolution to give the congressional green light was no longer "a very heated question" among his colleagues.
I posed the same question to Sen. Lindsey Graham.
"I'm surprised that no one's pushed that issue harder," said Graham. "I'm comfortable with the president's authority, quite frankly, but from a War Powers perspective, it's probably something that you want to consider."
Would he, personally, push for a vote on the resolution? "I think the president did the wrong taking action and the wrong thing taking American air power off the table," Graham said.