Hey, remember this thread?
Senator McCain had an interesting quote in Politico
, namely that there was no sense of urgency in Congress to press Obama on the 60 day limit. If it came up, McCain & Senator Kerry have a resolution ready to go but right now no one seems to be concerned.
"No president has ever recognized the constitutionality of the War Powers Act and neither do I," McCain said. "So I don’t feel bound by any deadline. It’s pretty obvious there’s no consensus in the Senate or in the Congress now to move forward with a resolution. I respect that."
The War Powers Act states that Congress must authorize military action taken by the president within 60 days of him doing so. Troops then have another 30 days to withdraw failing authorization, but the interpretation of the measure is as varied as it is loose, leaving presidents — like Bill Clinton in Kosovo — free to maneuver around it. Most calculations set the 60-day deadline for Libya at May 20. But Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle have not expressed any sense of urgency to move forward with a resolution of any kind, symbolic or otherwise.