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War Powers Act
Legal Scholars' Letter on Initiating a Congressional Lawsuit to End Illegal US Role in the Yemen War
A letter signed by a wide range of scholars with different political and jurisprudential views urges Congress to sue to end illegal US involvement in the Yemen conflict.
While the Syria intervention lacked proper congressional authorization, constitutional considerations had nothing to do with Trump's withdrawal decision. Indeed, his administration has doubled down on Obama-era arguments asserting broad presidential authority to initiate military interventions.
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The issue was recently raised by legal scholar Michael Dorf, and goes back to earlier debates about whether originalism implies that the Air Force is unconstitutional.
The proposed new Corker-Kaine AUMF would give even more power to the president to wage war against whoever he wants with Congress essentially powerless to curb him.
You don't have to be an originalist to conclude that the Constitution requires congressional authorization for war.
A small-scale strike might be constitutional even without congressional support. But it is also likely to be useless, much like last year's missile strike turned out to be. Large-scale military action of the sort that could make a real difference, requires advance congressional authorization.
A prominent constitutional law scholar highlights the perils of wars waged without congressional authorization - a practice engaged in by Obama and now perpetuated by Trump.
But Congress has to assert its role if that's to mean anything.
A letter from a bipartisan group of representatives calls on Paul Ryan to schedule votes on AUMF resolutions.
The administration argues that Congress has implicitly consented to new military operations in Iraq and Syria.
He's vaguely in favor of them because of things that Barack Obama has done.
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War Powers Co-Author: President Obama Doesn't Have Authority to Strike in Syria Without Congressional Approval (So, Illegal, If That Matters)
Efforts still underway to de-escalate situation
No plan to bring Congress back to debate the issue
Don't count on the president obliging
81 members of Congress have signed