The deadline for such approval under the War Powers Act was May 20, but under the law the president has an additional 30-day window. Others on Obama’s legal team, however, argued that military efforts fell short of “hostilities” and so Congressional approval was not necessary.
The White House issued a 30-page report to Congress on Wednesday night arguing that the U.S. had moved to a support role in Libya and that the absence of ground troops meant no Congressional approval was needed.
Jessica Brady and Paul Singer contributed to this article.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.