This afternoon, The U.S. Senate will hold a vote on a sense of the Senate resolution, introduced last week by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The language of the resolution simply quotes then-Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama's words from 2007: "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." The measure aims to put the Senate on record affirming Congress as the body with constitutional authority on matters of war.
"I look forward to entering into a vote to gauge my colleagues' opinion on whether or not the President has the authority to unilaterally authorize a military attack when there is no imminent danger to the United States," Sen. Paul said. "Since President Obama has yet to come to Congress to address us regarding the military action in Libya, all we have are his words to go by. I hope the sense of the Senate will reflect the constitutionality of this issue."