RECENT VOTES

Libya

H. Con. Res. 51 simply directs the President, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya within 15 days. I am a co-sponsor of this resolution.

Article I, section 8 of the Constitution, and the War Powers Act of 1973, states that unless a crisis threatening our security requires immediate action, only Congress may authorize the use of force. I firmly believe that the Constitution entrusts Congress, not the President acting alone, to decide when to put U.S. troops in harm's way. The President has not yet fulfilled what I believe is his obligation to seek Congress' approval to continue military operations in Libya, and that is why I support this resolution.

I want to be clear that my concerns are not limited to Libya and President Obama — my concerns apply to any and all Presidents, past and future. I spoke on the floor about this which you may view here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyjM95y4API I voted YES. H. Con. Res 51 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

87

144

0

8

DEMOCRAT

61

121

0

11

TOTAL

148

265

0

19

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

7

2

0

1