by Hayes Brown
… The new legislation — which Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced on Thursday — would replace the War Powers Act of 1973 in its entirely, enacting a new set of rules to, in the senators belief, better keep the president accountable when it comes to the use of force. Rather than only having to notify Congress after launching military action, Kaine and McCain want the force presidents to consult with legislators prior to sending U.S. soldiers, sailors, and pilots into harm’s way.
Under current law, the president has to notify Congress whenever placing forces in areas where “imminent” hostilities are likely, and is given a sixty-day window to conduct the operation absent Congressional approval and another thirty-days allotted towards withdrawal. The new proposal would reduce that autonomy, requiring the Executive Branch to “consult with Congress before ordering deployment into a ‘significant armed conflict,’ or, combat operations lasting, or expected to last, more than seven days.”
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