Monday, October 29, 2007

Bill Entered in the House to Limit POTUS's War Powers

From the Sun Journal:

WASHINGTON — Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina has introduced a bill to prevent the use of U.S. military force in war without the consent of Congress.

The bipartisan legislation would amend the United States War Powers Resolution of 1973, which was passed in response to the extended Vietnam War.

For all you Ron Paul fans, he is also a cosponsor of this resolution. You can find information on the original act here, or Wiki it here.

The bill specifically prohibits presidential entry into future hostilities without congressional action except to repel and retaliate for an attack on the U.S. or U.S. troops, or to protect and evacuate U.S. citizens.

It would strengthen requirements for presidential reporting to Congress to keep members better informed, improve congressional oversight, and tie the purse strings of operations initiated without compliance.

The arguments for this are damn near axiomatic. If you are going to go to war, declare it, and only the Congress can do that (although it never happens). The POTUS does not have the authority to wage war at will (sorry Neocons, its true). If anything, this is a liberal allowance if you actually read the Constitution:
Article 2, Section 2:

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States;
However, Congress could make it really easy and avoid all Constitutional conflict by simply CUTTING FUNDING. Do they not fully fund the Iraq war and hold the power of the purse?

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