White House Says It Will Answer Congress on Libya

By Staff | June 8, 2011 | 2:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House now says it will respond to congressional demands for a detailed explanation of U.S. objectives in Libya, after seeming to brush off the issue days earlier.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says lawmakers will have answers by the June 17 deadline in a measure recently passed by the House.

Members of both parties have expressed irritation at President Barack Obama's decision not to seek their consent for the military operation in Libya.

The House last Friday passed a nonbinding resolution chastising Obama for failing to provide a "compelling rationale" for the Libyan mission. The resolution demanded a detailed report on the operation.

Carney had suggested on Monday that the administration planned no formal response because officials have been answering questions in regular briefings on Capitol Hill.