The War Powers Resolution Of 1973

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Who has the power to go to war? Most people would say the President while others would say Congress. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 may shine some light on who or whom can declare war.
The War Powers Resolution of 1973 also know simple as the War Powers Act states the President must notify Congress within a 48 hour time frame that he is sending troops into military combat. The act does not allow military solders from remaining in a state of conflict for more than 60 days. After 60 days the President must ask Congress again for authorization. The act was made to restrain the President strength to send U.S. military overseas by requiring the executive branch to discuss with Congress before involving U.S. troops in overseas combat. Before the Wars Power Act the Constitution was used to see who could declare war however it was contradictory. In Article I of The Constitution the power to declare war as well as have the power to raise an army and navy, and fund war efforts was given to Congress however in Article III of The Constitution the President is named Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces. It is meant to control the Presidents power over the U.S. armed forces because it requires him to have Congress consent. The War Powers Act was also made to avoid another Vietnam mishap where Nixon secretly sent U.S. troop to invade Cambodia which caused public rage against an invasion of a neutral country.
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