The White House is insisting President Barack Obama has the authority to continue U.S. military action in Libya even without authorization from lawmakers in Congress.
In a 32-page report to Congress on June 15, the White House argues that the U.S. participation in the NATO-led bombing campaign against Muammar Qaddafi's forces did not require congressional authorization as the U.S. has only a limited, supporting role in the campaign.
The administration's defense of the Libya mission comes in response to a nonbinding resolution passed by the House of Representatives this month that criticized Obama for failing to provide a "compelling rationale" for U.S. involvement in Libya.
It its report, the White House also put the cost of U.S. military operations in Libya at about $715 million.
compiled from agency reports