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Ron Paul on Lawsuit: ‘It’s Time for the President to Obey the Constitution’

June 20, 2011
The State Column
6/18/2011

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, has long been an outspoken critic of the U.S.’s involvement in Libya. Paul has voiced his concern that President Obama’s actions in Libya violate the War Powers Act of 1973 in several columns, op-eds, hearings and speeches on the House floor.

In one particular Texas Straight Talk column, Paul argued that “the president’s attack on Libya was unconstitutional and thus unlawful.  This policy must be reversed.” In the same column, Paul wrote about the responsibility he and fellow lawmakers have to the citizens of the United States. “We are broke, and the American people know it.  They expect Congress to focus on fixing America’s economic problems, rather than rubber stamping yet another open-ended military intervention in Libya,” professed Paul.

On Tuesday, Paul’s words were turned into action when he and other lawmakers sued Obama for failing to seek Congressional authorization for the use of U.S. Armed Forces in Libya. The bipartisan lawsuit went after Obama’s “violation of the War Powers Resolution resulting from the Obama Administration’s established policy that the President does not require congressional authorization to use military force in wars like the one in Libya.”

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