Republican Congressman Walter B. Jones, representing Eastern Carolina, is co-sponsoring legislation that will prohibit funding for U.S. involvement in military operations in Libya.
The bipartisan effort comes just days after President Obama committed the U.S. to military intervention without consulting Congress; an effort that could cost between $30 and $100 million per week. The bipartisan legislation will be introduced when Congress reconvenes next week.
"The Constitution specifically gives only Congress the power to declare war," said Jones. "This is an act of war, and Congress was never consulted. President Obama bypassed the Constitution by negotiating with the UN and the Arab League without ever involving Congress."
"I am sure our founding fathers did not include such provisions in the Constitution just to be completely ignored. Like Iraq and Afghanistan, Congress has never debated going into Libya. This is not a matter of national security, so we should have had the opportunity to debate."