War Powers Resolution: Presidential Compliance [Updated December 21, 2006]   [open pdf - 162KB]

From the Summary: "For over three decades, war powers and the War Powers Resolution have been an issue in U.S. military actions in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Central America, and Europe. [...] [W]ar powers have been at issue in former Yugoslavia/Bosnia/Kosovo, Iraq, Haiti, and in military actions responding to terrorist attacks against the United States after September 11, 2001. After combat operations against Iraqi forces ended on February 28, 1991, the use of force to obtain Iraqi compliance with U.N. resolutions remained a War Powers issue, until the enactment of P.L. 107-243, in October 2002, which explicitly authorized the President to use force against Iraq, an authority he exercised in March 2003, and continues to exercise for military operations in Iraq. A longer-term issue is whether the War Powers Resolution is an appropriate and effective means of assuring congressional participation in actions that might get the United States involved in war. Proposals have been made to strengthen, change, or repeal the resolution. None have been enacted to date. This report replaces Issue Brief IB81050 of the same name. This report will be updated as events warrant."

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