By John T. Bennett - 05/19/11 04:46 PM EDT
Sen. Levin: Measure authorizing military force in Libya 'unlikely' this week
The Senate is unlikely to take up a resolution this week authorizing the use of military force in Libya despite the deadline set by the War Powers Act, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said Thursday.
The 1973 War Powers Act requires presidents to halt military operations 60 days after notifying Congress about the start of a mission that lawmakers had not previously not authorized.
The U.S. military operations in Libya — which include a no-fly zone, bombing raids, a sea blockade and civilian-protection operations — will reach the 60-day deadline Friday. Congress did not authorize the mission.
Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told The Hill he believes formal congressional authorization for the Libyan intervention is unnecessary.
But, he said, if "a number of legal questions" are ironed out, the Senate could eventually act on a Libya resolution.