Congress is embroiled in debate about whether President Barack Obama violated the War Powers Act by using military force in Libya without gaining approval from Congress first.

A bipartisan group of House members is suing Obama.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said that Congress must vote and approve the intervention.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on “Meet the Press” Sunday that “Congress should sort of shut up and not empower Gaddafi.”


Graham reasoned that the War Powers Act is unconstitutional, and that the Libyan leader needed to be taken down.

“The president’s done a lousy job of communicating and managing our involvement in Libya, but I will be no part of an effort to defund Libya or to try to cut off our efforts to bring Gaddafi down,” he said. “If we fail against Gaddafi, that’s the end of NATO.”

Watch Graham and hear his blunt advice in the clip below, embedded courtesy of MSNBC, originally aired June 19, 2011.

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