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(c) WAR POWERS RESOLUTION REQUIREMENTS --
(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION -- Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.
(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS -- Nothing in this resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.
SEC. 4. REPORTS TO CONGRESS.
(a) The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 3 and the status of planning for efforts that are expected to be required after such actions are completed, including those actions described in section 7 of Public Law 105-338 (the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998).
At first glance, the resolution appears to be better than the one propsed by the White House. I applaud the language supporting diplomatic efforts, for example. I'm still concerend that the language "The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to...defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq" is a bit too broad, but I don't interpret this resolution as giving the President carte blanche. How the President interprets the resolution is, of course, another matter, and I am sure of one thing: This resolution will lead to a U.S. attack on Iraq. The White House wants it, and now it has the authority to do so. It remains to be seen how the Congress and the American public will respond to the Administration's Rationale of the Day once hostilities start and the hawks' optimism is put to the test.