Tim Kaine appears on CBS' "Face the Nation" on March 28, 2010.

President Obama's unilateral choice to use U.S.

military force in Libya is an affront to our Constitution."Which raises the question: Is it Congress or the president that has the power to authorize military action? The answer is that, to some extent, they both claim it.

The Constitution, in Article I, Section 8, explicitly states that "The Congress shall have Power To.

..

declare War.

" But in Article II, Section 2, the Constitution says that "The president shall be Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States."In remarks before the budget meeting this morning, however, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to comment on Cantor's assertion.

"It is not necessary to continue a process of short-term [CRs] when an agreement is within reach," he said, according to the Hill.Inouye said after the meeting he thought a government shutdown could be averted because "we are people of good faith.

"Republicans on Monday night introduced a proposal for a stopgap measure that would continue to fund the federal government for a week, would fund the Defense Department through September, and which calls for an additional $12 billion in cuts across federal agencies.The measure would also prohibit Washington, D.

C.