Obama welcomes Congress support on Libya deadline

By REUTERS
May 21, 2011 04:41

 
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, facing criticism from some lawmakers that US military action against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is about to become illegal, said on Friday the mission would benefit from congressional support.

Obama did not explicitly ask Congress to authorize the action he ordered in March to protect Libyan civilians, as his critics say is demanded by the 1973 US War Powers Act.

Instead, he suggested US involvement in Libya was now so limited that Congress's authority was not needed.

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