Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is one of the most outspoken critics of President Obama over the White House's failure to seek congressional approval for the United States' role in air attacks on Libya.
The attacks started on March 19. The War Powers Act, passed in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, requires the president to seek the approval of Congress within 60 days of committing U.S. troops to combat.
White House officials have said they are meeting the separate requirement of conferring with Congress about use of the military, and the president has said repeatedly the role in Libya is limited and will not involve ground troops.
Sherman, whose district includes Burbank, said that is not enough.
“Even if it is for the worthy goal of bringing democracy and the rule of law to Libya, we should not shred democracy and the rule of law in the United States,” Sherman said. “I've seen chatter from the White House saying we don't need a formal vote. I think what they really believe is that what they are doing in Libya is good, and following the U.S. Constitution could screw it up.”