Cole: Libyan War is Illegal and Unauthorized
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after voting against H.J.Res.68, a bill to authorize the use of U.S. armed forces in Libya. Cole also voted against H.R. 2278, which would maintain funding for the majority of U.S. operations in Libya while eliminating funding for only limited aspects of U.S. involvement:
"The House rightly voted against authorizing U.S. force in Libya but has failed to take the next step and fully eliminate funding for this illegal and unauthorized war. By allowing operations in Libya to continue, we are in danger of eroding the constitutional war- making authority of Congress and enabling an overreaching executive branch.
"Congress should reassert its constitutional authority by either authorizing the use of military force or decisively ending it by cutting off funds. "