White House skips legal deadline on Libya
Washington - The White House is skipping a legal deadline to seek congressional authorisation of the military action in Libya but few in Congress are objecting.
Under the War Powers Resolution of 1973 a president can send troops into combat only for 60 days without congressional mandate.
That deadline fell on Friday, but in absence of pressure from Congress, White House officials say they think they are on solid ground continuing US involvement in the mission now led by Nato without formal congressional signoff as long as consultations with Congress continue.
In that spirit President Barack Obama sent a letter to congressional leaders on Friday saying US involvement remains critical and welcoming congressional suggestions.