President’s Power to Use Nuclear Weapons, & More from CRS

By Steven Aftergood The President’s authority to use nuclear weapons — which is the subject of a congressional hearing today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — was addressed in several recent publications of the Congressional Research Service. A new CRS Legal Sidebar addresses the unresolved question: Can Congress Limit the President’s Power to Launch Nuclear Weapons? A detailed new CRS memorandum examines “Legislation Limiting the President’s Power to Use Nuclear Weapons: Separation of Powers Implications.” See also Defense Primer: President’s Constitutional Authority with Regard to the Armed Forces, CRS In Focus. The uncertain scope of presidential authority to…

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HASC Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s Iran strategy: “The President’s announcement today rightly focuses on the full range of deadly threats from the Iranian regime. Our relationship with Iran should not be defined by one flawed nuclear deal. From Yemen to Lebanon, Iran is working to impose its brutal theocratic rule throughout the region. It supports terrorist groups like Hezbollah, bolsters the ruthless Assad dictatorship, promotes instability through sectarianism in Iraq,…

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