This is one small sign of bringing the US back to the Constitution. We’ll see if it gets anywhere. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor
This article comes from TheHill.com
By Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) on Monday introduced legislation to repeal the War Powers Resolution (WPR).
Garrett argues that the original intent of the resolution has been ignored and is now being used by the executive branch as a way to justify immediate military action without congressional approval.
As an alternative, Garrett says Congress should rely on the simple language of the Constitution, which gives Congress the sole authority to declare war.
“The use of military force against a sovereign nation is an act of war,” he said Monday. “Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution explicitly grants Congress the sole power to declare war.
“Unfortunately, since its passage in 1973, the War Powers Resolution has been stripped of its original purpose and has instead served as a temporary, de facto authorization for the executive branch to use military force whenever it deems it necessary.”
The War Powers Resolution purports to set out rules that the president and Congress must follow when launching military attacks.
Complaints about it arose again in the last few weeks when the Obama administration contemplated military strikes against Syria. The administration has said it has the authority to launch strikes without congressional approval, presumably under language in the WPR that says the president can use force on its own to deal with national emergencies.
But several members noted that the WPR says force can be used without congressional authorization only pursuant to a “national emergency created by attack upon the United States.” They said the administration cannot use this language to justify an attack against Syria, which they said poses no immediate threat.
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