WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has adopted a resolution rebuking President Barack Obama for dispatching U.S. military forces against Libya without congressional approval.
The vote was 268-145. The White House objected, saying the measure was “unnecessary and unhelpful.”
The measure by Speaker John Boehner says the president has failed to provide a “compelling rationale” for the nearly 3-month old operation to aid rebels battling Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. Democrats and Republicans complained that Obama ignored Congress’ constitutional authority to declare war.
The nonbinding measure insists that Obama provide Congress with details on the scope of the mission and its costs within 14 days. It also bars U.S. ground forces except to rescue an American service member.