Democrat: Don't let president become a dictator on war

"The authors of our Constitution answered that question in the negative," said Nadler, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution. "They said, 'No. We don't trust kings, we don't trust executives to make the decision to go to war. We want that to be the prerogative of the people as represented by the Congress.' "

Nadler said he would vote for both resolutions currently pending on the House floor. Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) resolution requires more information from the Obama administration on military action in Libya, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) asks for the withdrawal of all troops within 15 days.