war power


Definition of war power

: the power to make war specifically : an extraordinary power exercised usually by the executive branch of a government in the prosecution of a war

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This democratic model of war powers reflected that, as a fledgling nation, winning a major conflict would require the full support of the American people—their economy, manpower and willpower. Ken Buck, WSJ, "Congress, Take Your War Powers Back," 24 Sep. 2018 Republicans have opposed the idea of a sunset, and the Corker-Kaine measure aims to strike a balance by requiring the administration to submit a new war plan every four years, although the current war powers would stay intact if Congress didn’t act. Seung Min Kim, Washington Post, "As Senate plans war powers debate, one liberal Democrat seeks stronger constraints on White House," 16 May 2018 As a result, its completion and disclosure of the new memo, explaining why the Office of Legal Counsel blessed the April 2018 strikes, amounts to its most comprehensive discussion of its understanding of the scope of Mr. Trump’s war powers. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Trump Had Power to Attack Syria Without Congress, Justice Dept. Memo Says," 1 June 2018 Republican leaders have brushed off concerns about congressional authorization and are reluctant to open a fresh debate on Capitol Hill about the president’s war powers. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Some in Congress Fear White House Will Claim Expanded War Powers After Syria Attack," 18 Apr. 2018 Merkley’s proposal, detailed to The Washington Post in advance of its release, has several key differences from the Corker-Kaine measure unveiled last month that helped break a deadlock in the debate over war powers on Capitol Hill. Seung Min Kim, Washington Post, "As Senate plans war powers debate, one liberal Democrat seeks stronger constraints on White House," 16 May 2018 Supporters argue that the measure limits the president's war powers in a way the current, open-ended war authorization does not. NBC News, "Congress wrestles with new war on terror authorization," 16 Apr. 2018 For the first time in sixteen years, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee could be close to getting an agreement on a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force that could affect the Trump administration's war powers. Cnn's Capitol Hill Team, CNN, "Congress returns to Zuckerberg hearing, confirmation fights," 9 Apr. 2018 In Congress, Trump's bellicosity has sped a bipartisan effort to curtail the president's war powers. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "There’s no stopping the United States’ forever war," 3 May 2018

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1766, in the meaning defined above

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