On Libya, Collins Says President Should Have Obtained Congressional Approval

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on Friday “joined the growing chorus of members of Congress who have condemned President Obama’s decision to enter the conflict in Libya without first seeking congressional approval,” The Hill reports.

"I feel so strongly that the president did not follow the War Powers Act and that he should have come to Congress for approval first," Collins said on "In the Arena" [which is] a program on WCSH 6, a local NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine. "In my mind there is just know doubt about it."

Collins and other members of Congress from both parties contend that the unrest in Libya did not meet the criteria laid out in the War Powers Resolution Act of 1973 that allows the president to go to war without approval of the Congress. That act was a joint congressional resolution that empowers the president to send armed forces into action abroad only with authorization of Congress or if the United States or its interests are under attack.

"If there had been in imminent threat to the United States then the president would have been justified in deploying troops and using force but that was not the situation that we faced," said Collins.

Collins is Ranking Member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and also serves on the Armed Services Committee.

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