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

Examples of war power in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. CBS News, "Iran denies shooting at crowds protesting after plane was shot down," 13 Jan. 2020 The debate over war powers is a fundamental constitutional debate. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell, Paul differ as Senate fails to override Trump's veto of Iran war powers act," 7 May 2020 Eight Republicans defy the president and join Dems in pushing forward war powers legislation to limit Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran. Matthew Daly, ajc, "Senate votes to restrain Trump’s war powers on Iran; veto expected," 13 Feb. 2020 That schedule could have fringe benefits for Democrats, who want to force a Senate vote next week on a war powers measure aimed at constraining Trump’s military options with Iran. Nicholas Fandos, BostonGlobe.com, "Pelosi alerts House to be ready to send impeachment articles next week," 10 Jan. 2020 Both had sought the Democratic nomination in 2008 — and both were dogged by their 2002 votes as senators in favor of the war powers resolution that President George W. Bush used to invade Iraq in 2003. Time, "Hillary Clinton Becomes Latest Democrat to Endorse Joe Biden for President," 28 Apr. 2020 Six Republicans joined 220 Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Two Americans, British national killed in rocket attack on Iraq military base: reports," 12 Mar. 2020 President Trump now has the authority to accelerate the production of medical supplies, but has so far refused to use his emergency war powers to order U.S. manufacturers to dedicate production to masks and other equipment. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "COVID-19: 100,000 face masks on their way to Cincinnati hospital, thanks to local Chinese chamber," 23 Mar. 2020 Congress and the White House have long had a tug-of-war over war powers. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Texas Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn vote against bipartisan measure to limit Trump’s Iran war powers," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of war power

1766, in the meaning defined above

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“War power.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20power. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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