The Imperial Presidency Is Alive and Well

Foreign Affairs | Jan 21, 2020 at 1:45 PM
  • Less than a week after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution requiring Trump to seek congressional approval for any further military action against Iran.
  • In 1973, it passed the War Powers Resolution (WPR).
  • Leading committees such as Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Armed Services held fewer and fewer hearings, thus limiting direct legislative oversight of the executive branch.