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Senate Bill Would Limit U.S. Combat

WASHINGTON (AP)- The Senate has passed a bill that would limit to 60 days the use of U.S. troops in combat without congressional approval.

The 75-20 vote sent the bill to the House, where final action is expected within a few days.

President Nixon has indicated he would veto any war powers bill he considers an infringement of his constitutional powers as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

The bill would require a president to report to Congress within 48 hours whenever he sends U.S. armed forces into hostilities, or situations risking hostilities.

A president would be required to withdraw the troops from combat within 60 days if Congress fails to approve their continued use. A 30-day extension would be allowed if a president certifies "unavoidable military necessity" for protecting the safety of U.S. forces during their removal from action.

Congress could terminate U.S. involvement in undeclared hostilities at any time by adopting a concurrent resolution, not subject to presidential veto.

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The United States' official participation in the Vietnam War ended in March of 1973. By that year, Americans were both tired of and disillusioned with the war. President Nixon had won election in 1968 in part on the promise that he had a "secret" plan to end the war in Vietnam. Instead, President Nixon heightened the United States' involvement in the war by ordering the invasion of Cambodia. Congress was faced with the widespread opposition to the war among American citizens and with the knowledge that almost 58,000 American soldiers had died during the war. Congress also believed that the President's military strategy had been reckless. In the fall of 1973, Congress passed the War Powers Resolution. In 1964, the Congress had authorized President Johnson to escalate United States' military involvement in Vietnam with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. In the fall of 1973, Congress passed the War Powers Resolution. Despite President Nixon's veto, Congress voted the War Powers Resolution into law, making it the War Powers Act, on November 7, 1973.

 

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"Senate Bill Would Limit U.S. Combat" article in The Greenfield Recorder newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Recorder
date   Oct 11, 1973
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   4.5"
width   4.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L06.054


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


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