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New Online Resource: War Powers and Presidential Practice

Just Security – “Today we are excited to announce the release of the War Powers Resolution Reporting Project, a product of the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. (Bridgeman is the project’s lead author and researcher; Goldbrenner is the executive director of the Reiss Center.) Intended for use by policymakers, legislators, scholars, journalists and the general public, the Project is an expansive new resource that analyzes the war powers reporting practice of every president in the 45 years since the WPR was enacted. It sheds light on how presidents use U.S. armed forces abroad and relationships between the president and Congress on matters of war and peace.

A central component of the WPR are “48-hour reports,” which require the president to submit a report to Congress within two days of the president’s introducing U.S. forces into hostilities, deploying combat-equipped forces, or substantially enlarging those deployments. The War Powers Resolution Reporting Project provides a publicly accessible, searchable, open-source database analyzing the contents of all unclassified 48-hour reports from the WPR’s enactment through the end of 2019. It will be updated regularly. The 48-hour reports this Project analyzes are the primary means of ensuring transparency and oversight by our elected representatives in the use of armed forces by the president…”

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