Radical bipartisan legislation introduced on September 29 by US Representative Peter Meijer (R-MI) would reaffirm the authority of Congress on specific national security issues.

“Allowing administration after administration – presidents on both sides of the aisle – to supplant the authority of Congress on matters of war and peace is a breach of the responsibility of Congress,” said Representative Meijer. “Congress must reaffirm its role in national security decisions, especially those that impact our military. ”

The National Security Reforms and Accountability Act, HR 5410, which Representative Meijer co-sponsored with the sponsor of the bill, U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), has three parts: War Powers Reform, War Powers Reform arms exports and reform of national emergencies, unified by a set of rules and procedures that reaffirm the prerogatives of Congress, according to a summary of the bill provided by lawmakers.

In each case, the president would be required to consult with congressional leaders and obtain congressional authorization before exercising the powers in question, the summary said, noting that congressional authorizations would have to meet specific requirements, including automatic shutdown.

“The National Security Reforms and Accountability Act will put Congress back in charge so that we can fulfill our duty to the American people as set out in the Constitution,” said Representative Meijer. “I am proud to help lead this important effort in the House.

U.S. Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) also joined Representative Meijer as the original co-sponsor of HR 5410, which is similar to bipartisan legislation, the National Security Powers Act of 2021, S. 2391, introduced on 20 July by US Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) to provide clarifications and limitations regarding the exercise of national security powers.

The invoices are not the same; HR 5410 includes provisions of international law in the headings of war powers and arms sales and does not prescribe special procedures for joint resolutions approving arms sales, according to the staff of Representative Meijer.

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