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Senators Unveil Legislation to Curb Presidential War Powers, Giving Authority Back to Congress

HeadlineJul 21, 2021

Senators Chris Murphy, Mike Lee and Bernie Sanders have introduced legislation to curb executive authority when it comes to going to war and massive weapons sales, giving more power to Congress to deliberate and approve such decisions. This is Senator Chris Murphy speaking Tuesday.

Sen. Chris Murphy: “This shift in national security power to the president has resulted in endless wars, reckless levels of arms sales and national emergencies that seem to have no termination.”

The National Security Powers Act would repeal the 1973 War Powers Act, which presidents have used to circumvent congressional support. It would also repeal existing war authorizations, cut funding for military operations that were not approved by Congress, and require most arms sales to be approved by the House and Senate.

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