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What is the War Powers Act?

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2018-01-06 08:05:25

It is an act of congress passed after the Vietnam War, over

President Nixon's veto, and of dubious constitutionality, which

seeks to define and limit the powers of the president of the United

States to command the armed forces. The most important provision is

that if the U.S. armed forces go into combat the president must get

a resolution from congress authorizing the mission. If the

resolution is not passed then the forces must be withdrawn from the

combat within sixty days. Since it was passed no president has ever

acknowledged its validity but, nonetheless, have complied with

it.


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