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Capuano, Others, Sue Obama Over Libya

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Rep. Michael Capuano is suing President Obama. Capuano is joining other members of Congress, such as Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, in taking the president to task for attacking Libya without asking Congress for permission.

Capuano and nine other members of Congress are asking a judge to suspend military operations in Libya.

The White House says the president is not violating the War Powers Act.

But Capuano says this is more than just about the War Powers Act. He says what he's really looking for is for the Supreme Court to clarify the Constitution.

"It says only Congress, only Congress has the power to declare war and this question has come before the court many, many times," Capuano said. "They have always found a way to sidestep the direct question and my hope is that this time they will finally answer it."

The courts have often been reluctant to get into fights between Congress and the president.

This program aired on June 15, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Fred Thys Reporter
Fred Thys reported on politics and higher education for WBUR.



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