Fifteen years ago, little-known Republican Rep. Tom Campbell bucked the White House and congressional leaders of both parties to force a vote on President Clinton’s air strikes against Serbia. And then he brought one of the relatively few lawsuits in U.S. history against a president under the 1973 War Powers Resolution — for going to war without explicit authority from Congress.
Today, the libertarian-minded law professor scolds his former colleagues for ducking what he describes as their constitutional duty to vote on President Obama’s new war against the Islamic State militant group. And Campbell says even just one determined lawmaker could force a reluctant Congress to take a stand.
“This is Congress running way from its responsibility,” the soft-spoken Campbell told Yahoo News in a telephone interview. “Is there anything left to the Constitution’s requirement that it’s the Congress’s role to declare war?”
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