(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives Friday rejected President Obama's campaign in Libya but declined to cut off funding. Now the Senate will begin to debate this week whether American involvement there is subject to the War Powers Resolution.
On Tuesday morning, Harold Koh, the State Department's legal adviser, will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Koh was one of the administration lawyers who argued that the "limited" U.S. engagement in Libya does not constitute hostilities as described under the War Powers Resolution and argues that, as such, no Congressional authorization is needed.
Koh will face off against Senate Republicans led by Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, who has been demanding Congressional approval for the campaign since the early days of American involvement.
The committee will also meet to discuss a resolution proposed by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) that would grant President Obama a one year time frame in which he can use American forces -- but no U.S. ground troops -- in a supporting role as part of NATO's efforts against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
A House measure based on language from Kerry and McCain was defeated on Friday.
Futhermore, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet on Capitol Hill with Senate Republicans Tuesday afternoon at their request to discuss the matter.
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