US Senate panel authorizes limited Libyan strikes, no troops

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee late Tuesday 28 June authorized the use of limited Nato air strikes in Libya, but said no to the use of ground troops. The Senate remains divided over the legality of President Barack Obama’s call for the US to actively participate in Nato’s Libyan campaign and the committee’s 14-5 vote is now likely to prompt a full debate in the Senate this week. At issue: whether the president needs the permission of Congress, under a 1973 law, the War Powers Resolution, that requires a president to obtain permission from Congress for hostilities lasting more than 60 days.

The Senate’s actions come a few days after the House refused to support Obama’s Libya programme.

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