House panel wants DOD to turn over all writings on Libya war

The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution that would require the Pentagon to hand over all correspondence it had with Congress before the Libya mission.

The measure would, if adopted by the full chamber, direct the Defense secretary to give Congress all “copies of any official document, record, memo, correspondence, or other communication ... in the possession of the secretary of defense that was created on or after February 15, 2011.”

Panel Chairman Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.) noted some congressional leaders got a telephone call from senior Obama administration officials notifying them of the decision to launch military operations in Libya.

But “a phone call” does not constitute proper notification under the War Powers Act, McKeon said.

Panel Ranking Member Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithDem congresswoman: Imprisoned asylum-seeking women have no idea where their children are Overnight Defense: Latest on scrapped Korea summit | North Korea still open to talks | Pentagon says no change in military posture | House passes 6B defense bill | Senate version advances House easily passes 7B defense authorization bill MORE (D-Wash.) called it “a very appropriate resolution,” saying he shares McKeon's concerns that lawmakers were not properly consulted.

The committee passed the resolution by voice vote, with no member voting nay.