The War Powers Resolution Act Of 1973 Essay example

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The War Powers Resolution Act of 1973 is said to have been passed by an “opportunistic” congress who took advantage of public opinion at a time of declining popularity for President Nixon, who was embroiled in the turmoil of the Vietnam War, Watergate, and several other high profile political gaffs (Crook, J., 2012, p. 157). The end result was a piece of legislation intended to further check the executive branch’s power as commander-in-chief to commit US forces to hostilities by granting Congress a greater role in the process. However, with over forty years of various example of executive non-compliance as well as congress’ inability to enforce sections of the resolution, one wonders why the WPRA was ever passed in the first place and why it has not been repealed.
War Powers Resolution Act and Presidential Powers
The War Powers Resolution Act of 1973
Since World War II, the United States has not committed troops into combat under a declaration of war, yet has been involved in lengthy conflicts on a number of occasions. Following the Korean War and Vietnam War, Congress sought to assert its powers over the executive branch’s ability to commit troops into hostilities without Congressional approval or a declaration of war. What manifested was a piece of legislation, passed over President Nixon’s veto that some opponents lambast as an unconstitutional check on the president’s authority as commander-in-chief. At the same time, however, some say, because of the ambiguity and…

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