Friday, July 25, 2008

More on Executive Power

Who Decides Whether We Go to War
Washington Post, July 15, 2008, at A18

Discussing the War Powers Act, David S. Broder wrote that "its constitutionality is suspect." Many constitutional scholars share that view. Nevertheless, Mr. Broder supports the War Powers Consultation Act proposed by former secretaries of state James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher. It is not entirely clear, however, why the president can be forced to "consult" with Congress with regards to executive decisions but cannot be bound by Congress's time limits.

Congress already has the power of the purse, and that is more than any piece of legislation could offer it.