National War Powers Commission
Bipartisan panel led by Secretaries of State Baker and Christopher
Doris Kearns Goodwin notes the Commission's recommendations on Meet the Press during a roundtable discussion. The relevant portion of the roundtable discussion begins around minute 2:23, with a specific mention of the Commission roughly a minute thereafter.
With our country engaged in three critical military conflicts, the last thing that Congress and the White House should be doing is squabbling over which branch of government has the final authority to send American troops to war.
America is riven with partisan bickering as we confront a range of serious threats economic, political and military. In these times, we are well served to remember Abraham Lincoln's admonition: "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
The 1973 War Powers Resolution should be replaced by a new law that would require the president and Congress to discuss the matter before going to war.
An overwhelming 79% majority of Americans believe the president should get the approval of Congress before sending U.S. armed forces into action outside the United States, and 70% believe congressional approval should be required before the president decides to bomb suspected terrorists.
Panel calls for new war powers legislationAnne Flaherty, July 8, 2008
Congress should pass legislation to require the president to consult lawmakers before going to war, according to a bipartisan study group chaired by former secretaries of state James Baker III and Warren Christopher.
The president should be forced by law to consult Congress before going to war, a bipartisan panel including several prominent former U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
After decades of turf battles between the White House and Congress over how and when to go to war, a bipartisan commission will issue a report today urging greater collaboration.
The president should be required to consult with Congress before taking the nation to war, according to a bipartisan panel led by two former secretaries of state. Congress, in turn, should vote on any military action.
Bipartisan panel wants to rewrite government's policies for going to warMike Carney, On Deadline blog, July 8, 2008
The National War Powers Commission is set to announce this morning that it "has unanimously concluded after a year of study that the law purporting to govern the decision to engage in war the 1973 War Powers Resolution should be replaced by a new law that would, except for emergencies, require the president and Congressional leaders to discuss the matter before going to war."
Former Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher recommended Tuesday that the 1973 War Powers Act be replaced by a new law that would provide for more meaningful consultation between the president and Congress.
A bipartisan commission of high-profile congressional and White House alumni released a report Tuesday calling for the repeal of the 1973 War Powers Resolution.
A bipartisan study group proposed a new war powers legislation that would force the president to consult lawmakers before launching a long-term combat. James Baker and Warren Christopher defend changing the original 1973 act.
A conversation with two former secretaries of state, James Baker and Warren Christopher, about the war powers debate. Link from Huffington Post
Two former US secretaries of state have called for a change in the way America goes to war.
Former secretaries of state James Baker and Warren Christopher held a press conference on Capitol Hill this morning to unveil the fruit of their most recent bipartisan commission labors.
Commission Proposes Formal Role for Congress in War DecisionsJuly 8, 2008
Two former secretaries of State unveiled a plan Tuesday to require better consultation between Congress and the president over sending U.S. troops into war.
Given the mess we're in in Iraq, it's encouraging to see that there's a bipartisan proposal on the table for Congress to update the War Powers Act of 1973.
The next president and Congress should overhaul the law governing the power to wage war, which is ineffective and possibly unconstitutional in its present state, a bipartisan panel said Tuesday.
Former U.S. Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and James Baker announced a bipartisan plan Tuesday to revise the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
A US group co-chaired by former Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher released a report Tuesday calling for a new law requiring the president to consult with Congress before going to war.
Two former U.S. Secretaries of State are recommending that the United States change its procedures for deciding to go to war.
Two former U.S. secretaries of state are recommending the United States change how it decides to go to war.
The two Co-chairs of the National War Powers Commission, former Secretary of States James Baker, III and Warren Christopher, led a news conference in order to release findings and recommendations on the war powers of the president and Congress.
James Baker has joined his nemesis from the 2000 Bush v Gore battle in recommending a stunning new piece of federal legislation.
In the news Tuesday were two seemingly unrelated stories about the heels of the proverbial loaf of war.
Two former Secretaries of State, James Baker III, a Republican, and Warren Christopher, a Democrat, chaired a commission looking into the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
Former Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher take to the op-ed pages of the NYT to call for a new War Powers Act.
July 9, 2008
Two former secretaries of state have declared the War Powers Resolution of 1973 obsolete and proposed a new system of closer consultation between the White House and Congress before American forces go into battle.
The 1973 War Powers Resolution is ineffective, possibly unconstitutional and should be repealed, two former secretaries of state said yesterday in proposing new legislation to govern the war-making powers of the president and Congress.
A bipartisan commission Tuesday called for a new law to require the next president to ask Congress for formal approval of any decision to go to war and force the White House to consult Congress once a war is underway.
The United States needs a new law requiring that the president consult with Congress before going to war, a blue-ribbon panel led by two former secretaries of state said Tuesday.
It's the most profound of government decisions-when to launch war or hostilities-but the way American presidents and the Congress make such life-and-death decisions is downright dysfunctional.
James Baker and Warren Christopher, who struggled with the War Powers Act when they were secretaries of State, Tuesday proposed an overhaul designed to increase consultations between the White House and Congress when U.S. troops go into battle.
GOP Moderate Joins Christopher on War PowersJuly 9, 2008
Did you hear about the joint report from Warren Christopher and James Baker on new war powers legislation?
A bipartisan commission is recommending new legislation that would foster more consultation between the president and Congress before the nation goes to war.
A war powers act for the 21st centuryEditorial, July 9, 2008
Since the end of World War II, the war-making power granted to Congress in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution has been a virtual dead letter.
A plan by former Secretaries of State James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher that would enhance Congress' war powers received a warm bipartisan welcome Tuesday from Capitol Hill lawmakers, who applauded the idea of playing a larger role in deciding when to go to war.
Future presidents should be required by law to consult with senior members of Congress before taking the nation to war, a bipartisan study commission recommended Tuesday.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and part of the bipartisan National War Powers Commission, joins Midday to talk about the Commission's recent findings.
Under a proposed overhaul of the War Powers Resolution of 1973, future American presidents would be required by law to consult with congressional leaders before entering into any major armed conflict.
If Congress takes up legislation next year to increase consultation with the White House over any future war plans, it may have a trio of Virginians to thank.
A supine Congress will yield to warsEditorial, July 9, 2008
The 1973 war-powers law is busted, and has been for a long time.
James Baker and Warren Christopher, two former secretaries of state, have set forth a new plan to streamline the role of Congress in declaring war.
Just days after our war-mongering president came to Monticello, a commission established to address over-reaching like his has released its recommendations today.
The National War Powers Committee, co-directed by Interim College President Taylor Reveley and chaired by former Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher, announced yesterday that the War Powers Resolution of 1973 has failed to promote cooperation between the legislative and executive branches.
A bipartisan panel has recommended a new law to make sure the US President consults Congress before going to war.
A bipartisan group of US statesmen led by two former secretaries of state has recommended stricter limits on the president's ability to wage war.
Panel seeks to curb president's powerJuly 9, 2008
A panel consisting of both Democratic and Republican politicians seeks a law to curb president's power to 'take the nation to war'.
Former US secretaries of state James Baker and Warren Christopher say the next time a president goes to war, Congress should be required to say whether it agrees.
U.S. former state secretaries called for return of war powers to Congress "where they belong" in an editorial article published by The New York Times on Tuesday.
July 10, 2008
Just shy of eight years after they squared off in the Florida recount battle, James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher have joined forces to clean up one of the ugly legacies of Vietnam -- the misguided piece of legislation called the War Powers Act.
I tend to be cynical about proposals advanced by bipartisan panels of the great and the good. But I'll make an exception for the National War Powers Commission sponsored by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
James Baker and Warren Christopher have proposed a new piece of legislation that would replace the War Powers Act and clarify Congress's role in declaring war.
Perhaps the toughest decision for any president or Congress is whether to go to war.
No one is really sure who gets to decide when the United States goes to war, according to former Secretary of State James Baker.
For those of us who lived through the great debate over war powers in the wake of the Vietnam conflict, the gambit by Secretaries of State Baker and Christopher - a proposed law called the War Powers Consultation Act of 2009 - looks like the worst of both worlds.
War Powers Act should be revisedEditorial, July 10, 2008
Congress should act quickly to adopt the recommendations in a bipartisan report on the War Powers Act. The report calls for Congress to be given more power and oversight over any effort to wage war. That just makes sense.
July 11, 2008
The members of the National Commission on War Powers agreed not to disagree, and so produced a report this week that leaves basic constitutional issues unresolved.
July 12, 2008
What can you do with a Congress that does nothing?
A thoughtful new proposal seeks to improve consultation between the White House and Congress on questions of "significant armed conflict."
July 13, 2008
It's worth paying attention when two former secretaries of state from different parties agree that there needs to be a new law staking out the roles for Congress and the president in sending U.S. forces to war.
July 14, 2008
No governmental decision is more profound than the one that takes a nation to war.
A proposal to review and revamp the War Powers Resolution of 1973 should be acted on by Congress to clear up long-term problems exposed by the current situation in Iraq.
July 15, 2008
The Miller Center's national profile rose a little more last week when the National War Powers Commission, convened by the public affairs research center at UVA in February 2007, released its recommendations on July 8.
July 16, 2008
The last time Congress declared war was Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the "date which will live in infamy." Since World War II, presidents sending troops into battle haven't concerned themselves with war declarations, relying instead on vague congressional resolutions or acting without approval by Congress.
The Next WarEditorial, July 16, 2008
The next time a U.S. president concludes war is justified and necessary, the people's representatives - Congress - should be more closely consulted and should have the final say over military action.