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Trump must seek Congress' consent for United States to go to war

Trump must seek Congress' consent for United States to go to war

The bipartisan measure from Sens. But presidents have used AUMFs passed in 2001 for the fight against al Qaeda and affiliates, and one passed in 2002 for the war in Iraq, to justify a wide range of conflicts since, prompting many lawmakers to say a new AUMF is long overdue. "That said, the president has acted outside his power and it is in the interest of Congress to guard their Article I war-making power". The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has exclusive jurisdiction over authorizations for use of military force and is scheduled to debate, amend, and vote on the proposed legislation the week of April 23. It's also not clear if House and Senate GOP leaders - some of whom are wary of placing limits on the President's ability to carry out the war on terror - would schedule floor votes on it.

Ryan said his criteria for supporting a new authorization for military force resolution is, "Can an AUMF make it into law and does it tie the hands of our military behind their backs?"

With Americans split on Trump's decision to strike Syria, Grayson told the show hosts that the "most effective thing to do [to get their voices heard] is run against a congressman and defeat them". Many lawmakers are supportive of strikes that send a message to the Syrian regime that such attacks will not go unanswered. R-Tenn., the committee's chairman, explained in an announcement Monday.

I acted pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive and in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States to promote the stability of the region, to deter the use and proliferation of chemical weapons, and to avert a worsening of the region's current humanitarian catastrophe.

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Mostly, lawmakers have insisted that the Trump administration can not engage in prolonged or repeated incursions without consulting Congress on its broader strategy. "The way that the US Constitution structures the relationship between Congress and the president in this regard is, as everyone knows: the president is named the commander-in-chief and that the Congress is the entity that declares war and regulates the armed forces". Such a notification triggers a 60-day period during which legislation to remove the authority to use military force against the new associated force or in the new foreign country will qualify for expedited consideration. The legislation does not provide authority for military action against any nation state.

Previous suggestions of a revised AUMF have tended to be opposed by presidents, who see them as necessarily limited their power.

As the 17-year-old War on Terror rages on-and with the global community still reeling from the illegal missile strikes that the U.S., U.K., and France launched on Syria over the weekend-Congress is considering a measure that critics warn will expand the executive branch's authority to wage war.


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