H.R. 3709 (112th): War Powers Reform Act

Introduced:
Dec 16, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
Christopher Gibson
Representative for New York's 20th congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Dec 16, 2011
Length
4 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 383 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 23, 2013

H.R. 1609 (Related)
War Powers Reform Act of 2011

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Apr 15, 2011

 
Status

This bill was introduced on December 16, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Dec 16, 2011
Referred to Committee Dec 16, 2011
 
Full Title

To amend the War Powers Resolution to limit the use of funds for introduction of the Armed Forces into hostilities, and for other purposes.

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Library of Congress Summary

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12/16/2011--Introduced.
War Powers Reform Act - Amends the War Powers Resolution to direct the President in every possible instance to submit to Congress before introducing U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities or situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated a written report setting forth the estimated scope and duration of the hostilities or involvement.
Directs the President, in the absence of a declaration of war or a specific statutory authorization (currently, only in the absence of a declaration of war), to submit a written report to Congress within 48 hours when the Armed Forces are introduced into hostilities or foreign nations under specified circumstances and requires that such report include the circumstances necessitating the introduction, the constitutional and legislative authority under which such introduction took place, and the estimated scope and duration of the hostilities or involvement.
Repeals an existing framework under which the President is required to terminate, within 60 days, subject to a possible 30-day extension, any use of Armed Forces with respect to which the President has submitted (or is required to submit) a report concerning the introduction of Armed Forces into hostilities in the absence of a declaration of war, unless:
(1) Congress declares war or enacts specific authorization,
(2) extends the 60-day period, or
(3) is physically unable to meet as a result of an armed attack upon the United States. Strikes provisions concerning congressional action to remove Armed Forces engaged in hostilities without a declaration of war or specific statutory authorization.
Replaces such framework with a process that prohibits funds available for the Armed Forces from being obligated or expended for introducing the Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated, in the absence of: (1) a declaration of war; (2) specific statutory authorization; or (3) a national emergency created by an attack or imminent threat of attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or the Armed Forces.

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