A special news briefing by TIM KAINE, U.S. Senator for Virginia and DAVID SYLVAN Professor of International Relations and Political Science
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Wednesday 28 May 2014, 16:00 - 17:00
U.S. Presidential War Powers
U.S. Senator for Virginia
Maison de la paix, Geneva
The President of the United States has enormous power to use the world’s most powerful military around the globe. The drafters of the U.S. Constitution however envisioned that Congress would maintain the power to declare war.
In practice, the U.S. Congress has only declared war five times in history, while US presidents have initiated military action, prior to any congressional approval, more than 120 times.
In other instances, U.S. presidents have committed military forces without any congressional approval; for example in Libya in 2011.
The proposed War Powers Consultation Act of 2014 seeks to clarify this, introduced jointly by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Senator John McCain in January this year.