May 20th, 2011
09:57 AM ET
By CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash
WASHINGTON (CNN) –President Obama may be on the brink of breaking the law.
At issue: The 1973 War Powers Act, which says if the president does not get congressional authorization 60 days after military action, the mission must stop within 30 days.
The president formally notified Congress about the mission in Libya with a letter on March 21, which makes Friday the 60-day deadline.
Inaction is angering lawmakers from both the left and the right who rarely agree on anything.
Rep. Brad Sherman, D-California, tells CNN he believes Obama is trying to "bring democracy to Libya while shredding the Constitution of the United States."