Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) on Monday, Dec. 5, introduced the Reclamation of War Powers Act, a bill that would explicitly return the power to declare and wage war back to Congress.
“The power to make and execute war is explicitly granted to Congress in article I section 8 of the Constitution,” Himes said in a statement. “In the years following 9/11, however, we have ceded that power more and more to the President to the point where, now, we operate in state of perpetual pseudo-war where neither the executive nor Congress is ultimately responsible. That has to end. It’s Congress’s right. It’s Congress’s duty.”