H. R. 383
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 23, 2013
Mr. Gibson (for himself, Mr. Amash, Mr. Benishek, Mr. Brooks of Alabama, Mr. Coffman, Mr. Duncan of Tennessee, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Fortenberry, Ms. Foxx, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Labrador, Mr. Lankford, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Nugent, Mr. Reed, Mr. Ribble, Mr. Rooney, Mr. Ross, Mr. Austin Scott of Georgia, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, and Mr. Stivers) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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
To amend the War Powers Resolution to limit the use of funds for introduction of the Armed Forces into hostilities, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
War Powers Reform
Purpose and policy
Section 2(c) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1541(c)) is amended—
in the matter
preceding paragraph (1), by striking
are exercised and inserting
may be exercised; and
in paragraph (3),
by inserting after
attack the following:
threat of attack.
Consultation and reporting
Section 3 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1542) is amended—
in the heading, by
The President and inserting the following:
by adding at the end the following:
The President in every possible instance shall submit to Congress before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances a report, in writing, setting forth the estimated scope and duration of the hostilities or involvement.
Section 4(a) of the War Powers Resolution
(50 U.S.C. 1543(a)) is amended by inserting
or a specific statutory
a declaration of war.
Limitation on use of funds for introduction of Armed Forces into hostilities
The War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1541 et seq.) is amended—
by striking sections 5, 6, and 7;
by redesignating sections 8, 9, and 10 as sections 6, 7, and 8, respectively; and
by inserting after section 4 the following:
limitation on use of funds
No funds available for the United States Armed Forces may be obligated or expended for introduction of the Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, in the absence of a declaration of war, specific statutory authorization, or a national emergency created by an attack or imminent threat of attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or the Armed Forces.
It shall not be in order in the House of Representatives or the Senate to consider any bill or joint resolution that would make funds available in violation of subsection (a).