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"Showdown Looms On War Powers Issue" article in The Greenfield Recorder newspaper

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In this Associated Press article, journalist Jim Adams reports on struggles within the United States Congress to draft legislation that would limit the authority of the President to send United States forces into battle for longer than a few months. Believing that President Nixon would refuse to sign the bill into law with a Presidential veto, Adams reports on the Congress' attempts to write a bill that would gain the number of Congressional votes necessary to override a Presidential veto. By 1973, when this article was written, much of the United States was weary of the Vietnam War. Many citizens and their elected representatives in Congress had become concerned by the President's nearly unlimited authority to send United States troops into battle and to engage the country in war. With the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of 1964, the House of Representatives and Senate had, by what was close to a unanimous vote, granted President Johnson broad powers to conduct the Vietnam War. This article illustrates that nearly a decade later, in 1973, the Congress is struggling to take back some of the war powers that it had so freely granted to the President nine years earlier.


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