War Powers Act
- The War Powers Act is a legislative measure that restrains the presidential authority to deploy U.S. troops overseas without Congressional involvement. It stipulates mandatory consultation and reporting to Congress by the President before involving the U.S. forces in foreign conflicts. Historically seen as a mechanism to avert uninhibited military interventions, the Act has experienced mixed reception and varying interpretations by presidents and Congress
- According to the War Powers Act, the president must inform Congress before sending troops into a conflict zone.
- The deployment was challenged as being in violation of the War Powers Act, due to the lack of proper Congressional consultation.
- Many point to the War Powers Act as a crucial tool in balancing Executive and Legislative power in issues of military involvement.