Presidential Powers

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The President is the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful-armed force in the world, who is plagued by small and large military crises. The question ultimately becomes; when does a crisis call for intervention and does the President have the right to get involved in war without Congress’s approval? As a result, the congressional War Powers Resolution passed over President Nixon’s veto November 7 limits a president’s authority to commit troops in a foreign …

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…of arms to Bolivia and Paraguay, countries that were engaged in a war in the jungles of South America.” Essentially, a joint resolution is the legislative vehicle used for proposing amendments to the Constitution. This type of joint resolution is not presented to the President for his signature, but instead becomes part of the Constitution when three-fourths of the states have ratified it. In the 1936 case Curtiss-Wright Corporation was found guilty of violating this resolution.