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Text of the RECLAIM Act

This bill was introduced on March 29, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 29, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1212

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 29, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Chaffetz, Mr. Johnson of Illinois, Mr. Kucinich, and Mr. Paul) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To require the cessation of the use of force in, or directed at, the country of Libya by the United States Armed Forces unless a subsequent Act specifically authorizes such use of force.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Restoring Essential constitutional Constraints for Libyan Action Involving the Military Act or RECLAIM Act.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

The President of the United States directed United States Armed Forces to begin Operation Odyssey Dawn against Libya, including bombings of Libyan air defense systems and military airfields, without the authorization of Congress.

(2)

The Government of Libya has not declared war or initiated hostilities against the United States or its allies.

(3)

Article 1, Section 8, of the United States Constitution states that Congress shall have the power To declare War, To raise and support Armies, To provide and maintain a Navy, and To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces.

3.

Cessation of use of force against the country of Libya

The President shall cease the use of force in, or directed at, the country of Libya by the United States Armed Forces unless a subsequent Act specifically authorizes such use of force.

4.

Prohibition on use of funds for use of force against the country of Libya

No funds available to any United States Government department or agency may be used for the use of force in, or directed at, the country of Libya by the United States Armed Forces unless a subsequent Act specifically authorizes such use of force.

5.

Rule of construction

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit the United States, including the United States Armed Forces, from defending itself from attack or imminent danger of attack.

6.

Definition

In this Act, the term country of Libya means the geographic area encompassed in the political unit known as Libya on March 19, 2011.