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H.J.Res. 542 (93rd): War Powers Resolution

About the resolution

Source: Wikipedia

The War Powers Resolution (also known as the War Powers Resolution of 1973 or the War Powers Act) (50 U.S.C. 1541–1548) is a federal law intended to check the president's power to commit the United States to an armed conflict without the consent of the U.S. Congress. The Resolution was adopted in the form of a United States Congress joint resolution. It provides that the U.S. President can send U.S. Armed Forces into action abroad only by declaration of war by Congress, "statutory ...

Sponsor and status

May 3, 1973
93rd Congress, 1973–1974

Enacted — Veto Overridden on Nov 7, 1973

This resolution was enacted after a congressional override of the President's veto on November 7, 1973.

Pub.L. 93-148

Clement Zablocki

Representative for Wisconsin's 4th congressional district



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Last Updated: Nov 7, 1973



May 3, 1973

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jul 18, 1973
Passed House (Senate next)

The resolution was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Jul 20, 1973
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes.

Oct 24, 1973

The President vetoed the bill. Congress may attempt to override the veto.

Nov 7, 1973
Enacted — Veto Overridden

Congress overrode the veto of the President. The bill became law.

Nov 7, 1973
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed Congress.

H.J.Res. 542 (93rd) was a joint resolution in the United States Congress.

A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.

This joint resolution was introduced in the 93rd Congress, which met from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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