|Sponsor||Rep. Hastings, Alcee L.|
|Date||June 24, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Jon Hiler|
On Friday, June 24, 2011, the House is scheduled consider H.J.Res. 68 under a rule. The rule provides one hour of debate with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services. The rule also provides one hour of debate on H.R. 2278 (summarized in a separate Digest) equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services. Additionally, the rule provides for one motion to recommit on each measure. H.J.Res. 68 was introduced by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) on June 22, 2011, and referred to the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Armed Services.
H.J.Res. 68 would authorize the President to continue limited use of the U.S. Armed Forces in Libya, in support of U.S. national security policy interests, as part of the NATO mission to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 (2011). The authorization for such use of force would expire one year after the date of enactment of the joint resolution.
The resolution would also state that Congress does not support the use of any member of the U.S. Armed Forces on the ground in Libya except in defense of U.S. Government officials or to rescue members of NATO from imminent danger.
The resolution would also direct the President to provide regular briefings and reports to Congress as requested, to include: an updated description of the United States’ national security interests in Libya; an updated statement of United States’ policy objectives in Libya, both during and after Qaddafi’s rule, and a detailed plan to achieve them; an updated and comprehensive list of the activities of the United States Armed Forces in Libya; an assessment of the groups in Libya that are opposed to the Qaddafi regime, including potential successor governments; a full and updated explanation of the President’s legal and constitutional rationale for conducting military operations in Libya consistent with the War Powers Resolution.
The Constitution divides war powers between Congress and the President. Congress has the power to declare war and raise and support the armed forces, while the President is commander in chief.
The following information on the Libya timeline and Congress’ involvement was provided by Committee on Foreign Affairs:
There is no Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate associated with this legislation.