WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about a resolution pending before the Foreign Relations Committee on U.S. involvement in Libya and his concerns about an escalation of military force in the country. He also discussed a bipartisan letter he is spearheading to President Obama, which urges the president to stick to his July 2011 deadline for the beginning of an accelerated transition in Afghanistan. Finally, he touched on his chairmanship of the bilateral Mexico–U.S. Interparliamentary group, which is meeting in D.C. this week. For the audio, click here.
Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s remarks:
00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by reiterating his concerns about the Kerry-McCain resolution on U.S. involvement in Libya ahead of a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on Thursday. He also discusses his letter to President Obama regarding the situation in Afghanistan and talks about the Mexico–U.S. Interparliamentary group conference in D.C. this week.
05:40 – Further explains what an accelerated transition would mean for American troops in Afghanistan.
07:28 – Discusses the situation in Libya, and the need for the Congress to exert its War Powers authority.
08:53 - Talks about Apple's decision to prohibit the inclusion of new apps on its technology that help drunk drivers avoid law enforcement checkpoints. The decision came after Udall and other senators called for their removal.
11:00 – Discusses the importance of Congress exercising its War Powers authority and approving or disapproving the use of ground forces in Libya.