For those who believe the President failed to notify Congress in the prerequisite time in accordance with the War Powers Act:
Per Sect. 4:
The President notified the Speaker of the House (Boehner) and the President Pro Temp (McConnell) on March 21, 2011 that he had committed armed forces to Libya on March 19, 2011. The dates are important because it is not the date that armed forces were committed, but rather the date the President notifies Congress that starts the countdown to either withdrawal or continue military commitment in theater.(a) In the absence of a declaration of war, [B]in any case in which United States Armed Forces are introduced...
...the President shall submit within 48 hours to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and to the President pro tempore of the Senate a report, in writing,...
Per sect 5:
As has already been mentioned, members of Congress are deliberating whether to allow an extension of armed forces or direct a total withdrawal from the area.(b) Within sixty calendar days after a report is submitted or is required to be submitted pursuant to section 4(a)(1), whichever is earlier, the President shall terminate any use of United States Armed Forces with respect to which such report was submitted (or required to be submitted), unless the Congress (1) has declared war or has enacted a specific authorization for such use of United States Armed Forces...
Note: I know my fellow veterans know about Julian Dates. So, do the math...
May 20 = Julian Date 140
March 21 = Julian Date 80
140-80 = 60 days
The President has done his part; now it's up to Congress to do theirs.
Personal Note: I find it very disingenuous that the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (and the House Speaker, BTW) would purposely deceive the public concerning the President's reporting to Congress on this matter. From the Chair, HASC's letter to the President (partial letter provided below):
Notice what he says concerning the reporting timeframe...not "exceeded 60 days" but "approaches 60 days"...implying that the prerequisite 60-day timeframe had not expired. But let's not let partisan dissuade us from the truth.May 20 2011
Chairman McKeon Letter to President Obama on Libya
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
As the United States military's involvement in Libya approaches 60 days without congressional authorization...