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FILE - In this June 18, 2013 file photo, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Olympic medal winners will soon get a tax break, but not everyone thinks getting rid of the so-called victory tax is a good idea. “I promise you, this is bad policy,’’ said Himes, who cast the lone vote against a bill that would block the IRS from taxing most Olympic winnings. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

A Connecticut Democrat introduced a bill to ensure only Congress can declare war


We operate in a state of perpetual pseudo-war where neither the executive nor Congress is ultimately responsible.
Jim Himes

Rep. Jim Himes wants to ensure Congress retains its Constitutional authority to declare war.

The Democrat from Connecticut introduced the Reclamation of War Powers Act Tuesday morning in attempts to curb the executive branch's power to carry out military actions.

The bill aims to cut funding for military missions not authorized specifically by Congress and would repeal authorizations for military force in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Himes said President-elect Donald Trump has "no foreign policy experience" and plans to use "unpredictability" to defeat ISIS. 

Himes also said in a statement he supported limiting the president's power to declare war under President Obama, but in light of Trump's coming presidency, he thought it even more important.

In November, Himes cited Trump's Twitter feed as a reason for the act.

So does it have a chance?

Definitely not in the near future. The bill is not likely to succeed in this session, which ends Friday. He said he will seek support for the next session. 

A similar bill was drafted by Rep. Chris Gibson in recent years, most recently failing in 2013, The Day reports.

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