President Obama faces a bipartisan challenge in Congress this week over the NATO mission in Libya, a topic that has sparked debate between lawmakers about the president’s ability to use force (over a period of time) without congressional authorization.
In the House this week, members of Congress will vote on a bill proposed by Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich to cut funding for the Libya operation. In the Senate, Sens. John Kerry and John McCain also plan to introduce a Libya resolution, Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Andrea Mitchell today on MSNBC’s "Andrea Mitchell Reports." Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, is one of 10 co-sponsors of the bill.
“You know, this is an age old problem -- does the executive have this authority or not?” Feinstein said. “And I don’t think anything is really solved by having a long discussion over it. Let's just do it.”
As lawmakers continue to dispute U.S. involvement in Libya, congressional leaders are also at odds regarding the July deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
Senator Feinstein, who met in person with General David Petraeus last week, said she thinks the president’s decision should be a military-based decision.
“What Gen. Petraeus said is ‘Look, I will give him several options. I may make a recommendation, and then the president will decide,’” Feinstein said.