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Use any of the general activities above to shift the discussion to other events and administrations from the 1970s and draw connections between them and the War Powers Act of 1973. The following web links related to the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations might be useful:
The War Powers Act of 1973 requires any US president to receive congressional approval after 60 days of any military action.
In a lecture delivered at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Walter McDougall discussed the history of presidential responses to the War Powers Act of 1973. Congress passed the Act, McDougall noted, over President Nixon's veto in the wake of the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the perceived need to restrain the "imperial presidency."
involvement in the Vietnam War was drawing to a close and Congress acted in an attempt to bring clarity to the war powers issue -- enacting over President Nixon's veto the War Powers Act of 1973, which said, in part: "The President, in every possible instance, shall consult with Congress before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and after every such introduction shall consult regularly with the Congress until United States Armed Forces are no longer engaged in hostilities or have been removed from such situations."
To stem the growing threat of an imperial president, the House and Senate passed the War Powers Act of 1973: Joint Resolution Concerning the War Powers of Congress and the President--also known as the War Powers Resolution (WPR).
Williams evaluates the War Powers Act of 1973 in the context of the historical reality that although the Constitution gives Congress--not the president--the power to declare war, Congress has only formally declared war in five conflicts, "while U.S.
As the Associated Press reported on February 14th, "Congress has not formally declared war since World War II," pointing out that the War Powers Act of 1973 only required that the president seek congressional approval "before or shortly after ordering military action abroad." But precedents created by presidential usurpation, or congressional abdication, do not supersede the Constitution.