War powers for me but not for thee
March 31, 2011 - 11:08 am
Yeah, the Obambis are pretty much going to ignore the War Powers Act:
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), who asked Clinton about the War Powers Act during a classified briefing, said Clinton and the administration are sidestepping the measure’s provisions giving Congress the ability to put a 60-day time limit on any military action.
“They are not committed to following the important part of the War Powers Act,” he told TPM in a phone interview. “She said they are certainly willing to send reports [to us] and if they issue a press release, they’ll send that to us too.”
That’s what Clinton told a fellow Democrat.
I happen to think the WPA is a bit silly — either the power to declare war rests with Congress or it doesn’t. But the Act was passed by a Democratic Congress to restrain the warmaking abilities of a Republican President, so it obviously doesn’t apply today.