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H.R. 1457: Reclamation of War Powers Act

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Would the move limit the military’s speed and flexibility during the post-nuclear and post-9/11 era of immediate threats?


The Constitution says Congress has the power to declare war, not the president. However, the last time Congress actually declared war was in 1942, against Romania during World War II.

Since then, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Afghanistan War, and the Iraq War were congressionally funded, but only after the president and the Pentagon began (and then continued) hostilities. Not to mention other military involvements that may not have quite risen to full “war” level, such as the lack of congressional authorization for 2011’s U.S. involvement in Libya.

For decades, many have wondered how to reclaim the legislative branch’s power in this …

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James “Jim” Himes

Sponsor. Representative for Connecticut's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 1, 2021
Length: 7 pages
Mar 1, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 1, 2021

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4 Cosponsors (4 Democrats)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 1, 2021

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