Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Joseph A. Fry
Number of Pages
This paper examines congressional surrender through the passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and how Congress attempted to regain its co-equal powers of war through the end of the Vietnam War by restricting funds to Southeast Asia and by the passage of the War Powers Act. The thesis also explores the intentions of the Founder's on separating the "sword" from the "purse" into two separate branches, and how the escalation of the Cold War led the U.S. into Vietnam. Finally, the paper concluded that the passage of the War Powers Act was unnecessary and unconstitutional because it granted power to the executive not delegated in the Constitution. It also concluded that the debate over the war powers of Congress and the President are still alive today because of past precedents and judicial decisions.
Act; Congress; Failed; Gulf; Potential; Powers; Resolution Tonkin; War
United States; History; Vietnam War (1961-1975); 1961-1975; War and emergency powers
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Frayer, Jason Andrew, "Congress's failed potential: The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the War Powers Act" (2004). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1719.