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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:39 AM
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Bipartisan House Group (led by Rep. Kucinich) Pushing For Enforcement Of War Powers Act
Edited on Wed Dec-16-09 10:40 AM by bigtree
12-15-09

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has pulled together a group of five Republicans and eight Democrats who plan to introduce a special resolution on the House floor compelling the president to comply with the War Powers Act as he wages war in Afghanistan.

Congress has largely ceded its constitutional duty to declare war and has instead been relegated to approving or disapproving war funds -- it hasn't cut off money for a war since Vietnam.

While Kucinich was on the House floor Tuesday debating the war, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) gathered reporters in the Rayburn House Office Building to decry Obama's proposed troop escalation, which Grayson said will only waste lives and money in pursuit of an impossible goal. Grayson had just come from the floor, where he inserted 100,000 names petitioning for an end to the war into the congressional record.

If a war is being waged without a declaration, the War Powers Act allows any representative to introduce a joint resolution forcing the House Committee on Foreign Relations to vote on that resolution within 15 days; Kucinich is hoping to force such a vote. The resolution would then be sent back to the House floor.

"Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States makes it Congress' responsibility to determine whether or not we go to war or stay at war. Consistent with Article 1, Section 8, the privileged resolutions will invoke the War Powers Resolution of 1973. I ask for your support of these resolutions, which will be introduced in the House in January," Kucinich wrote to his colleagues last week.

read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/15/bipartisan-hou...
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:40 AM
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1. Congress has the power nt
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:42 AM
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2. how dare he compell Obama to comply with the Constitution
time to throw Dennis under the bus

:sarcasm:
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 01:26 PM
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16. Man if he ever read here
he would realize he lives under that bus. I suspect he would not care because the constitution means more to him than popularity unlike many politicians we know.
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:43 AM
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3. This is a good idea in light of what Pretraeus is putting out there about Iran. nt
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RufusTFirefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:58 AM
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4. Amen. Let's prove that the Constitution isn't just a goddamned piece of paper
Honoring Article II, Section 4 would've done wonders a few years ago, but we have to start somewhere, I guess.
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Ozymanithrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 11:19 AM
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5. Very very smart.
Edited on Wed Dec-16-09 11:20 AM by Ozymanithrax
We are in Afghanistan under the The Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists and Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. (Kucinich signed the The Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists.) Up until now, these two authorizations have carried the force of law. It will be interesting to see if they stand up to an attempt stop the war.

I suspect this will go nowhere. I don't think the Democratic Majority in the House and the Senate have the stomach to allow this to go very far.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 11:56 AM
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6. .
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 07:42 PM
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7. kick
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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 07:43 PM
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8. knr nt
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 07:45 PM
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9. I'm fine with this, but where was this "bipartisan" group in 2003?
Lots of Repugs rushing over to stop Bush, right?
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 07:48 PM
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10. they likely didn't have strong midterm challenges from the left
I suspect that's what's motivating these republican converts right now.
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Kitty Herder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 09:06 PM
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11. I suspect what's motivating them is a desire to stick to Obama.
I wouldn't give the Republicans credit for virtuous motives.

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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 09:11 PM
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12. nothing more 'virtuous' here than protecting their political hides
A challenge from a Democratic candidate on the left, for example, has prompted Arlen Specter to adopt an anti-war facade.
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debbierlus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 09:15 PM
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13. Kick
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 12:34 PM
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14. kick
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 12:52 PM
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15. Kudos to Kucinich & Grayson.
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