Congress has not declared war since World War II, although American participation in many future conflicts were approved in less formal ways. But on some recent occasions, our military has been ordered into harm’s way without any consultation with Congress.
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) has introduced H. Concurrent Resolution 107 warning that the use of military force by any president without authorization from Congress is an impeachable offense under the U.S. Constitution.
“It is time for Congress to stop being in the stands as a spectator when we debate war and the commitment of our young men and women to fight and therefore I have put this resolution in so that we can hopefully hold a hearing to discuss the role of Congress based on the U.S. Constitution,” Jones told WND.
Jones says this has happened at least twice in his years in Washington. He says this is a direct violation of the authority the Constitution gives to Congress to declare war. Jones explains why this undermines the separation of powers and why he believes some very bad precedents have been set.
Jones stresses this resolution is not aimed specifically at President Obama but he believes a healthy debate is warranted on the House floor about the role of Congress with respect to military hostilities.