Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

Bipartisan Alliance Takes Aim at Presidential War Powers

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A trio of U.S. senators has introduced legislation designed to curb presidential national security powers, reflecting a growing bipartisan movement to rein in an executive branch that has had carte blanche to wage war for decades. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced the National Security Powers Act on July 20, saying that the bill is necessary to realign presidential war-making authority with the Constitution. “Presidents of both parties have usurped Congress’s prerogative to determine if, when, and how we go to war. Now America’s global standing, treasure, and brave service members are being lost in conflicts the people’s legislators never debated,” Lee said at a press conference unveiling the bill. “In areas where the Constitution grants broad powers to Congress, Congress is ignored.” Lee was referring to the fact that Congress hasn’t formally declared war under Article I of the Constitution since World War II. Conflicts since …

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