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A resolution without resolve How the War Powers Resolution has failed to limit the powers of the presidency

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Description: The War Powers Resolution was created by Congress in 1973 in an effort to limit the power of the executive branch to initiate and maintain military engagements without congressional approval and oversight. However, nearly 35 years after overriding President Nixon's veto of the Resolution, Congress has continued to cede its authority over America's military to the commander-in-chief, which has culminated in a dangerous system in which the president seeks to persuade the public as to the merits and necessity for military action instead of the legislative branch. The change in policy necessary to correct such a dangerous system does not require further Resolutions or Amendments, rather Congress needs only to address the problem they chose to ignore by creating the Resolution in the first place, reluctance to confront the executive branch on issues of military affairs and national security.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work