|00:00:00||THANK YOU, MR.|
|00:00:01||CHAIRMAN. I WAS PLANNING TO OFFER MY OWN AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD HOLD THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE TO THE WAR POW EVERS ACT WITH REGARD TO ITS OPERATION IN LIB YASM MY INTENTION WAS TO EXPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S CLEAR VIOLATION OF THIS IMPORTANT LAW.|
|00:00:16||HOWEVER, I WAS CONCERNED THAT SOME WORDING COULD HAVE RAISED A POINT OF ORDER.|
|00:00:20||THAT BEING SAID, I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR MR.|
|00:00:25||KUCINICH'S IMPORTANT AMENDMENT THAT WILL COMPLETELY CUT OFF FUNDS FOR THIS ILLEGAL WAR.|
|00:00:30||CHAIRMAN, ON MARCH 19, PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED HE HAD AUTHORIZED U.|
|00:00:34||S. MILITARY FORCES TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS IN LIB YASM UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESIDENT DID -- IN LIBYA.|
|00:00:41||UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESIDENT DID THIS WITHOUT RECEIVING AUTHORIZATION FROM CONGRESS, EVEN THOUGH HE MADE SURE TO GET THE U.|
|00:00:48||BY NOT BEING OPEN AND HONEST WITH CONGRESS, HE LEFT MEMBERS IN THE DARK AND UNSURE WHAT OUR ULTIMATE MISSION WAS.|
|00:00:55||TO THIS DAY, THE PRESIDENT HASN'T COME TO CONGRESS TO ASK FOR FORMAL APPROVAL.|
|00:01:02||INITIALLY, WHEN THE PRESIDENT COMMITTED OUR MILITARY OPERATIONS IN LIBYA, HE SAID IT WOULD BE DAYS, NOT MONTHS.|
|00:01:10||NOW WE'RE DEFINITELY TALKING MONTHS BECAUSE IT WAS A LITTLE OVER A WEEK.|
|00:01:14||WE'VE BEEN ENGAGED IN OPERATIONS IN LIBYA FOR NEARLY FOUR MONTHS.|
|00:01:19||AN EFFORT TO ESCAPE HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO THIS DAY, THE PRESIDENT HAS REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE U.|
|00:01:24||S. IS ENGAGED IN HOSTILITIES IN LIBYA.|
|00:01:28||THAT BEING SAID, THOSE IN THE PENTAGON SEEM TO AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT -- OR DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT ON THIS ISSUE.|
|00:01:35||WHILE THE PRESIDENT HAS TURNED A BLIND EYE TO TRUTH, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS DECIDED TO AWARD IMMINENT DANGER PAY FOR SERVICE MEMBERS WHO FLY OVER LIBYA AND THOSE WHO SERVE ON SHIPS WON 110 NAUTICALLE MILES OF THE SHORE.|
|00:01:51||AS OF JUNE 3, 93% OF THE CRUISE MISSILES, 66% OF THE PERSONNEL, 50% OF THE SHIPS AND 50% OF THE PLANES USING -- USED IN NATO OPERATIONS AGAINST LIBYA WERE BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.|
Mr. NUGENT. Mr. Chairman, today I was planning to offer my own amendment which would hold the President accountable to the War Powers Act with regard to his operation in Libya. My intention was to expose the President's clear violation of this important law. However, I was concerned some wording could have raised a point of order. That being said, I'm proud to cosponsor Mr. Kucinich's important amendment, which will completely cut off funds for this illegal war.
Mr. Chairman, on March 19, President Obama announced he had authorized U.S. military forces to conduct operations in Libya. Unfortunately, the President did this without receiving authorization from Congress even though he made sure to get the U.N.'s approval. By not being open and honest with Congress, he left Members in the dark and unsure of what our ultimate mission was. To this day, the President hasn't come to Congress to ask for formal approval.
Initially, when the President committed our military operations in Libya, he said it would be days, not months. Well, now we are definitely talking months because it is a little over a week we've been engaged in military operations in Libya for nearly 4 months. In an effort to escape his responsibility, to this day the President has refused to acknowledge that the U.S. is engaged in hostilities in Libya. That being said, those in the Pentagon seem to disagree with the President on this issue.
While the President has turned a blind eye to truth, the Department of Defense has decided to award imminent danger pay to servicemembers who fly over Libya and for those who serve on ships within 110 nautical miles of the shore. As of June 3, 93 percent of the cruise missiles, 66 percent of the personnel, 50 percent of the ships, and 50 percent of the planes used in NATO operations against Libya were by the United States of America.
Mr. Chair, firing a cruise missile at Libya qualifies as hostilities. In early June, it was estimated that Libya was already costing the American taxpayers over $700 million.
I have three sons that are currently in the military, and I will support our troops no matter where the President sends them. However, I cannot support Obama's decision to commit our military forces' operations without the required congressional authorization. That's why I cosponsored this amendment, the 2012 Department of Defense appropriations bill Kucinich amendment.
With that, I ask all my colleagues, all Members, to come down here on the House floor and to express support for this important amendment, to reclaim our Constitution, to reclaim the validity of this Congress as relates to committing troops to war.
Mr. Chairman, I support this amendment. I encourage all my colleagues to support this amendment.
I yield back the balance of my time.