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Another Florida Congressman with a spine. Meet Tom Rooney, Republican, Fl 16. (The grandson of Pittsburgh Steelers founding owner Art Rooney, he was born in Philadelphia and was a water boy for the team. The Steelers were his largest single campaign contributor between 2008 and 2010. When he was 14, his father moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where his family owned the Palm Beach Kennel Club, a racetrack and gambling business.)
Florida Republican Congressman Tom Rooney, who used to teach constitutional law as a professor at West Point, slammed President Barack Obama this week for insisting that the War Powers Resolution does not apply to American military action against Libya.
“President Obama’s claim that the War Powers Act does not apply to the war in Libya defies common sense,” said Rooney. “Telling Congress and the American people that this is not a war insults our intelligence. I won’t stand for it and neither will my constituents.
“No president is above the law,” added Rooney. “President Obama is in clear violation of the War Powers Resolution and the Constitution. The assertion that the war in Libya does not require congressional authorization sets a terrible precedent, as it represents a clear rejection not just of the War Powers Resolution, but of the Constitution.
“Nothing in the Constitution or War Powers Resolution suggests that if a war is limited, NATO-led, or U.N.-authorized then it is not a war and does not require congressional authorization,” insisted Rooney. “The U.N. does not trump the United States Congress.”
Rooney, a former JAG Corps officer in the Army who currently sits on the Armed Services and Intelligence committees, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in late May about a measure he introduced on April 1 demanding that Obama follow the War Powers Resolution with regard to military actions against Libya.
And speaking of Rep. Allen West…
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