Chairman Garrett Introduces Bill to Repeal the War Powers Resolution

Sep 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), founder and Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, issued the following statement after introducing a bill to repeal the War Powers Resolution, H.R. 3065.

“The use of military force against a sovereign nation is an act of war.  Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution explicitly grants Congress the sole power to declare war.  Unfortunately, since its passage in 1973, the War Powers Resolution has been stripped of its original purpose and has instead served as a temporary, de facto authorization for the executive branch to use military force whenever it deems it necessary. 

“Today, I am introducing a bill that would repeal the War Powers Resolution.  Rather than permitting de facto military authorization, sometimes for up to 90 days, my legislation would return the power to go to war to its rightful place—the United States Congress.”