Tuesday, April 27, 1999 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Effect of U.S. Bombing in Puerto Rico
1999-04-27

Congress Votes Under the War Powers Act

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

NATO today continues to drop more missiles on Yugoslavia for the 35th night of bombings, for a second time hitting the headquarters of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic’s ruling Socialist Party. Warplanes also continued to attack the Serb media, bombing several television and radio transmitters, even as diplomatic efforts to end the conflict intensify, with a top U.S. envoy in Moscow for talks with Russia.

This week, the War Powers Resolution, a widely ignored relic of the Vietnam War era designed to ensure the U.S. Congress has a say when the country goes to war, faces a rare test over the conflict in Kosovo. A House panel will consider two resolutions under the little-used act — one to force the end of U.S. military involvement in the Kosovo conflict and another seeking a formal declaration of war on Yugoslavia.

Even if rejected by the House International Relations Committee, as expected, both proposals are required under the War Powers Resolution to be taken up by the full House of Representatives. Those votes will be the first formal congressional debate on Kosovo since the NATO bombing began last March 24.

Guest:

  • Michael Ratner, attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Stories

    2014-0730_siegman1
    "A Slaughter of Innocents": Henry Siegman, a Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace, on Gaza
    Today, a special with Henry Siegman, the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Henry Siegman was born in 1930 in Frankfurt, Germany. Three years later, the Nazis came to power. After fleeing Nazi troops in Belgium, his family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement, pushing for the creation of a Jewish state. In...

Headlines

    There are no headlines for this date.


Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.