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War Powers Resolution

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The War Powers Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-148) limits the power of the U.S. President to wage war without the approval of the U.S. Congress. Also referred to as the War Powers Resolution (Sec. 1), the law was an attempt to restore constituional balance to the realtionship between the executive and legislative branches by requiring the President to seek Congressional approval within sixty days of using military force. The legislation became law on November 6, 1973 when Congress overrode Nixon's veto.

Original Conception

The law was conceived as the War Powers Act of 1972, which was written by Republican Senator Jacob Javits and hawkish Democratic Senator John Stennis. Although a response to the war in Vietnam the law was not intended to apply to the on-going conflict.


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This page was last modified 14:02, 10 May 2007 by dKosopedia user BartFraden. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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