Redefining War Powers
A bipartisan study group tasked with considering changes to the way congress approves wars, is recommending increased congressional responsibility. The group, co-chaired by former secretaries of state James Baker III and Warren Christopher, are proposing â€œlegislation that would require the president to consult lawmakers before initiating combat lasting longer than a week, except in cases of emergencies.â€
A New York Times editorial by the co-chairmen lays out the details.
Simply, the 1973 War Powers Resolution is ineffective and possibly unconstitutional and we need better legislation. We also need a better balance of power, not only to check the Executive Branch but to make sure the Legislative Branch takes the appropriate responsibility for our wars both large and small. Itâ€™ll be interesting to hear what the presidential candidates think of this proposal.