The American people and members on both sides of the aisle are concerned about questions that have gone unanswered regarding our intervention in Libya.  On June 3, the House of Representatives passed a resolution rebuking the Administration for failing to explain to the nation how this military action is consistent with U.S. national security goals.  The resolution also – among other things – requires the President to provide specific information on the mission within 14 days.  It’s now been 10 days since the House passed its resolution but the Administration has yet to provide detailed answers to the questions posed.  On Friday, four House chairmen weighed in, pressing members of the Administration to provide answers:

From House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA):

  • McKeon Presses Defense Department for Details on Libya Operations.  “If our fighting forces are sent into combat, Congress’ voice must be heard. Despite the fact that the White House failed to seek congressional authorization for Operation Odyssey Dawn, U.S. armed forces are continuing their participation in the NATO-led operation. It is my hope that the Obama Administration understands that this minimizes Congress’ constitutional role in matters of war and takes appropriate corrective actions.”

From House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL):

  • Ros-Lehtinen Letter to Clinton Underscores House Demand for Libya Information.  “Members of Congress and the American people continue to have serious questions about U.S. military involvement in Libya, which has now reached 84 days. It is incumbent on the Administration to be direct and forthright in explaining U.S. national security interests at stake in Libya, our political and military objectives, the anticipated scope and duration of our involvement, the cost of all U.S. activities relating to Libya, and the President’s decision not to seek Congressional authorization for the use of military force in Libya.”

From House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX):

  • Smith Requests DOJ Docs on Libya Action.  “Chairman Smith requested any materials that deal with the legal authority of the Administration’s military action and whether the Administration was advised to consider seeking congressional authorization for such operations.”

From House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI):

  • Rogers Sends Letter to Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. “The House vote demonstrates the frustration on the part of many Members with the President’s failure to make the case to the Congress for the nation’s continued involvement in Libya.”

In his floor speech during debate over his Libya resolution, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made clear that Congress would act if the Administration fails to make the case on Libya:

“This resolution puts the president on notice.  He has a chance to get this right.  If he doesn’t, Congress will exercise its constitutional authority and make it right.”