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Introduced in House (05/08/2014)


113th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4608


To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 8, 2014

Ms. Lee of California (for herself, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Massie, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Stockman, Mr. Yoho, Mr. Jones, Mr. Amash, Mr. Posey, Mr. Conyers, and Mr. Ellison) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “War Authorization Review and Determination Act” or “WARD Act”.

SEC. 2. Report to Congress.

(a) In general.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to Congress, in writing, a report setting forth each operation or other action that is being carried out pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) as of the date of the submission of the report.

(b) Form.—The report shall be submitted in unclassified form but may contain a classified annex as appropriate.

SEC. 3. Operations and other actions under Authorization for Use of Military Force.

(a) In general.—Within 60 days after a report is submitted pursuant to section 2(a), the President shall terminate each operation or other action described in the report, unless a joint resolution described in subsection (b) with respect to the operation or other action is enacted into law in accordance with such subsection.

(b) Joint resolution described.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—For purposes of this section, a joint resolution referred to in subsection (a) is a joint resolution of the two Houses of Congress, which does not contain a preamble, and the sole matter after the resolving clause of which is as follows: “That Congress approves the ____ as contained in the report submitted to Congress pursuant to section 2(a) of the War Authorization Review and Determination Act on _____.” with the first blank space being filled with a description of the applicable operation (or operations) or other action (or other actions) and the second blank space being filled with the appropriate date.

(2) EXPEDITED CONGRESSIONAL PROCEDURES.—The provisions of section 6 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1545) shall apply to a joint resolution described in paragraph (1) to the same extent as such section 6 applies to a joint resolution or bill under that section.

SEC. 4. Repeal of Authorization for Use of Military Force.

(a) In general.—The Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) is hereby repealed.

(b) Effective date.—The repeal contained in subsection (a)—

(1) takes effect on the date that is 240 days after the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(2) applies with respect to each operation or other action that is being carried out pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force initiated before such effective date.

SEC. 5. Rules of construction.

(a) In general.—Nothing in this Act—

(1) shall be construed as limiting or prohibiting any authority of the President under any provision of law other than the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note); or

(2) shall be construed as limiting or prohibiting any authority of the President to respond to, or to prevent imminent attacks, on the United States, its territorial possessions, its embassies, its consulates, or its Armed Forces abroad, consistent with and limited to the President’s constitutional powers and responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief.

(b) Authorization for future operations or other actions.—Nothing in this Act shall be construed as limiting or prohibiting any authority of the President to submit to Congress proposed legislation to authorize operations or other actions relating to the use of military force initiated on or after the effective date described in section 4(a).


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