Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, wants State and Defense Department records that show what steps the Obama administration took to consult with Congress before committing U.S. forces to help rebels in Libya. Cole, wh introduced legislation seeking the documents, said lawmakers need to determine whether the president complied with the Constitution and the War Powers Act.
Cole, whose district includes Tinker Air Force Base and Fort Sill, serves on the Defense and the Foreign Operations subcomittees of the Appropriations Committee.
He said, “Serious questions remain about the nature of the mission in Libya and whether the Obama administration’s decision to intervene is constitutional. Our military is already severely strained by two wars, and now President Obama has ordered troops into a third conflict without obtaining congressional authorization or consultation as required by law.
“As much as we may wish to protect innocent lives and support freedom around the world, we should not be committing U.S. troops without careful deliberation. This bill will ensure Congress has the necessary information to exercise its constitutional authority.”