It was June 2011, and John Boehner was mad.
The House speaker told President Barack Obama that he would violate the War Powers Act if he didnt seek congressional authorization to extend American military involvement in Libya. Obama had joined the NATO-led coalition in March, and the War Powers Act requires authorization after 90 days at the most.
Boehner previously had expressed skepticism of the War Powers Act, which Congress passed in 1973 over Richard Nixons veto. Nine years ago, however, the restive GOP House caucus demanded that Boehner send that letter to Obama.