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The War Powers Resolution


Andrew Wilson

on 15 December 2015

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Transcript of The War Powers Resolution

The War Powers Resolution of 1973
Ratified in 1979
Vetoed by Nixon, overridden by congress, 2/3 vote
Purpose: limit the power of the president in military actions unsanctioned by congress
Limits time president can send combat troops to foreign soil without congress approval
Gives congress more power over executive actions
Details About Resolution
The US has not officially declared war since 1942
Congress determines funding for military efforts
The President is authorized to send troops into international conflict without telling congress
Potential Repeal
In 2014, Senators Joe Biden and Tim Kaine planned to make legislation that would repeal the existing resolution
The new resolution would call for greater interaction between the president and congress prior to committing troops to military endeavors
Further limit time frame for congress to approve military action
Would not apply to humanitarian missions and covert operations
Constitutionality: For
Adds an extra check for the congress to limit the power of the president
President can still react quickly to a threat, without having to wait for approval
Lets military actions be considered by more than one individual
Constitutionality: Against
Puts too much of a limit on the Commander in Chief
Current warfare is isolated and needs quick reaction to combat
Limits time frame for military action
Congress would still be in the loop
By: Andrew Wilson
Effectiveness Today
President can and does authorize covert special operations missions, last less than required time
Large scale insertions require written notification of congress, at most 48 hours after start of operation.
Balance of powers issues between executive and legislative branch
Every president since Nixon has called the WPR unconstitutional
Do you think the WPR is constitutional? Why or why not?
Should the President be able to send troops to foreign soil without notifying congress?
Any questions you have?
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