the president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.I found the article on the vote at The Washington Post. I couldn't find an article on this in either The Lowell Sun or, surprisingly, The Boston Globe♠.
I suspect the Republicans ducked this because the outcome in Libya is still in doubt and accepted the argument that the amendment was not relevant to the bill.♥ Actually, I like that argument, if it is a precedent. Even so, I am disappointed in our own two Senators.
Hat tip to the Instapundit. His links led to Hot Air, where Allahpundit quoted California Senator Dianne Feinstein as calling the amendment "too cute by half". And it is, which is not saying something bad about it.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The amendment offered is a quote of a statement given to them by a former Senator.
♥ Although some say we may be there for years.