Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Power and Responsibility of Congress

Precedents for Congressional Power in regards to the Iraq war and Mr Bush's anticipated speech on troup escalation.

"A new report from the Center for American Progress illustrates that Congress has acted repeatedly over the last 35 years to ensure the conduct of military action would "strengthen American national security and reflect the concerns and will of the American people." Congress has passed bills, enacted into law, that capped the size of military deployments, prohibited funding for existing or prospective deployment, and placed limits and conditions on the timing and nature of deployments."

from the same article:
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) will propose one option, asserting Congressional authority and demanding accountability for the President's policy. Kennedy "will introduce legislation on Tuesday to require the president to gain new Congressional authority before sending more troops to Iraq.

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