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Myrick Statement on Libya

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US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) has released the following statement regarding the ongoing situation in Libya:

"A few weeks ago, Congress passed a resolution stating that no members of the US Armed Forces shall be used on the ground in Libya, and requesting detailed information regarding US interest in Libya, especially as it relates to the War Powers Act. The Administration has delivered this information to Congress, stating that the War Powers Act does not apply as our military's role in Libya is limited because we're operating under NATO.

"It also states that "The United States provides nearly 70 percent of the coalition's intelligence capabilities and a majority of its refueling assets, enabling coalition aircraft to stay in the air longer and undertake more strikes." Seventy percent isn't limited. Providing a majority of the resources to continue airstrikes isn't limited. To me, that's a pretty aggressive role, and as such, the Administration should be required to bring all further action in Libya before Congress for authorization. As Speaker Boehner has indicated, the House will be looking at the legislative options available to us in the coming days".


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