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Congress Takes on President's Sole Authority to Use Nuclear Weapons

Congress Takes on President's Sole Authority to Use Nuclear Weapons

Just days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, members of Congress are seeking to limit the president’s ability to single-handedly start a nuclear war.  New legislation introduced today by Rep. Lieu and Sen. Markey, called the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act,” would prohibit the president from launching nuclear weapons without a declaration of war from Congress, except in response to a nuclear attack.