War Powers Legislation, Hearings Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Ninety-Second Congress, First Session on S. 731, S.J. Res. 18 and S. J. Res. 59, March 8, 9, 24, and 25, April 23 and 26, May 14, July 26 and 27 and October 6, 1971   [open pdf - 180MB]

These are the March 8, 9, 24, and 25, April 23 and 26, May 14, July 26 and 27 and October 6, 1971 hearings titled "War Powers Legislation," held before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of J. W. Fulbright: "In 1969 the Senate, by a vote of 70 to 16 adopted the national commitments resolution expressing the Senate's judgment that a foreign commitment--especially a commitment to war--could only be valid under our Constitution if it were the result of affirmative action taken by both the executive and legislative branches of our Government. Since that time Members of both Houses of Congress have been considering practical means of implementing the national commitments resolution. Sustained and serious thought has been given to problems relating to the war power--problems having to do with the intent of the Constitution, the responsibilities of Congress, the growth of Presidential power, and the need for restoring constitutional balance in the wake of two major undeclared wares in the last 20 years." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: George Ball, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Alexander M. Bickel, McGeorge Bundy, Lawton Chiles, Henry Steele Commager, Thomas F. Eagleton, Paul Findley, Arthur J. Goldberg, Barry Goldwater, Frank Horton, Jacob K. Javits, Alfred H. Kelly, Alpheus T. Mason, Charles McC. Mathias Jr., John Norton Moore, Richard B. Morris, Claiborne Pell, George Reedy, William D. Rogers, William P. Rogers, William B. Spong Jr., John Stennis, and Robert Taft Jr.

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