Dems to introduce bill barring Trump from preemptive strikes without Congress approva

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Dems to introduce bill barring Trump from preemptive strikes without Congress approval | TheHill
By Max Greenwood

"Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Wednesday that he and two other Democratic senators will introduce a bill barring President Trump from launching a preemptive strike on North Korea without congressional consent."
"In a string of tweets, Murphy said that the bill would aim to prevent the president from carrying out a strike – either "nuclear or conventional" – unless Congress first approves such a measure."
"Trump's North Korea threats are real. I will intro bill w brianschatz & CoryBooker to prohibit any preemptive action w/o vote by Congress," Murphy tweeted, referring to Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.)."



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Of course it has always been that it is ultimately Congress that gets to declare war with the Constitutional power granted them in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11. But even with a Republican majority there is no guarantee that this bill would automatically be defeated given that some key Republicans are not in agreement with Trump and have been very vocal about it lately. They would most likely caucus and vote with Democrats to push this bill through. They could also be very instrumental in gathering good support for it from more of their fellow lawmakers who would need to side with them for fear of reprisals from their constituents back home.

Their help could well serve to override a possible veto should it get to Trump's desk and he vetoes it. Given Trump's penchant to pull the trigger at the most inopportune times, this bill should, without question, be passed and signed into law for the overall good of the American people, the protection of this nation as well as the World, something all lawmakers regardless of political party should strive to achieve.
 
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They can't, its unconstitutional.

And you also don't understand what "Declare War" actually stands for, its not a limit on the president.

Plus you would need to repeal the War Powers Act.