James R. Carroll
April 6, 2011

After scolding the Senate for failing to debate U.S. military action in Libya, Sen. Rand Paul was rebuffed Tuesday in challenging the president’s authority to act unilaterally on war matters.

“There is no excuse for the Senate not to vote on going to war before we go to war,” the Kentucky freshman Republican said in remarks on the Senate floor.

Paul has been highly critical of President Barack Obama’s decision last month to use U.S. warplanes as part of an allied operation enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya and assisting Libyan rebels.

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