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McCain and Kerry Introduce Libya Resolution 

Scott J. Ferrell / CQ-Roll Call Group (WASHINGTON) -- Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced a resolution Tuesday morning authorizing force in Libya.

Countering efforts in the House to cut off funds for the operation in Libya, the resolution grants President Obama a one year time frame from which he can use American forces in a supporting role as part of NATO's efforts against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. The resolution does not support the use of U.S. ground troops in Libya.

Senator Kerry defended the Obama administration's claim that the U.S. has taken limited military action thus far in Libya and that the involvement is consistent with the War Powers Resolution. Critics, however, are arguing the opposite. Last week, a bipartisan group of 10 House members filed suit in U.S. District Court challenging the president's authority regarding his use of force in Libya, insisting the War Powers Act had been violated. The Obama administration insisted in a report it didn't need to consult Congress on the use of force in the North African country because American lives weren't at risk. House Speaker John Boehner said that report didn't "pass the straight-face test."

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Debate over Libya Mission 'Hostilities' Creates Hostility on the Hill -- “Hostilities” is the hot word on the Hill right now.

And if Thursday’s statements on the Senate floor are any indication, the Libya report the White House sent Congress Wednesday seems to have only increased anger among members of Congress.

Thursday on the Senate floor, two Republicans capitalized on the Obama administration's report -- specifically the part which says the president views the U.S. military operation in Libya as consistent with the War Powers Resolution and does not require further congressional authorization “because U.S. military operations are distinct from the kind of hostilities contemplated by the Resolution’s 60 day termination provision.”

This created a lot of hostility in the Senate Thursday.

“It’s bizarre that the administration has sent over a letter yesterday referring to the fact that we’re not involved in hostilities in Libya,” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said on the Senate floor, “I mean it’s really totally bizarre when you look at what’s going on right now in the air in Libya right now.”

Corker said that the administration has been saying “one thing in private” to senators and then saying something else different in public. He questioned how the administration should expect senators to feel “any degree of credibility regarding those statement.”

Corker, along with Senator Jim Webb, D-VA., introduced last week a measure requiring a “detailed justification” of the U.S. operation in Libya from the administration.

Senator John McCain, R-AZ., called Wednesday’s report from the administration a “confusing breach of common sense,” and is a “puzzling assertion.”

McCain may be tearing apart the messaging and communication of the Obama administration, but he does support the mission.  He called on his Senate colleagues to do the same and warned that opposition could empower Moammar Gadhafi.

Senators John Kerry and McCain will introduce an authorization for the limited use of military force in Libya soon, but it is not clear what support they have within the Senate yet. Many are pushing for a tougher resolution similar to the House’s.

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