Obama says promises kept on Libya mission, not in violation of War Powers

10:43, June 30, 2011      

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U.S. President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, June 29, 2010. Obama on Wednesday said his administration has kept its promises of a limited mission in Libya, and this is not in violation of the War Powers Act of 1973. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday said his administration has kept its promises of a limited mission in Libya, and this is not in violation of the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

The president reiterated the position that he didn't need to ask for Congressional approval on the mission.

At a White House press conference, Obama said his administration kept its promises that it won't send ground troops into Libya, and won't take on the lion's share of the mission's burden. He said the U.S. side has a narrow mission, and the administration consulted with the Congress.

Obama made the comments as the White House and the Congress are embroiled in a symbolic war over the mission's Congressional authorization. He blamed "the fuss" on Washington politics.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday passed a measure that would authorize the administration to conduct " limited" military engagement in Libya. A full Senate voting is pending.

Source: Xinhua

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