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Partisan Lines Blur as Congress Tries to Curb Biden’s War Powers
For the better part of the last two decades, Rep. Barbara Lee has been leading the charge to rein in presidential war powers.
Lee, the California Democrat and lone lawmaker to vote against the first post-9/11 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), now has support from across the political spectrum, an amenable White House, and pure momentum on her side. READ MORE
Representatives McGovern and Cole on Congress and War Powers Act
One GOP Hawk’s Case Against Unchecked Presidential War Powers
In the early days of the Biden administration, progressive lawmakers have renewed a push to curtail the president’s powers to unilaterally wage war — but they no longer have a monopoly on this campaign.
Conservatives are getting involved, too.
“I don’t see any contradiction between being on the hawkish side of the spectrum, or being a U.S. primacist, and still insisting that the Constitution obtain, particularly in matters of war,” Representative Mike Gallagher told National Review earlier this week. “In fact, I think it undermines American national security not to have congressional buy-in to what we’re doing.” READ MORE