ACLU Asks Congress To Debate And Vote On President’s Use Of Force In Libya

Group Outlines Constitutional Mandate For Congressional Approval Of Military Force FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (202) 675-2312 or WASHINGTON – In a letter sent to both chambers of Congress today, the American Civil Liberties Union asked Senate and House leadership to schedule floor debates and votes to question whether President Obama may continue to use military force in Libya. The president ordered a military operation in Libya on March 19 without congressional approval, a violation of Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. While the ACLU does not take a position on whether military force should be used, the organization has consistently insisted, from the war in Vietnam through both wars in Iraq, that Congress give advance authorization for the use of such force. “The Executive Branch’s assertions of unilateral authority to enter the armed conflict in Libya cannot and should not go unchallenged by the Congress.