The 2011 Citizens’ Assembly for Critical Thinking about the United States (CACTUS) must study the role of Presidents and Congress in involving the United States in wars and in the overall conduct of wars including the “war on terror,” and consider specific changes that may be needed in the Constitutional provisions governing the war powers of the President and of Congress. Specifically, the Assembly must consider whether changes are needed in the portion of Article I of the Constitution that empowers Congress to declare war, the portion of Article II that assigns the President the role of Commander-in-Chief, the War Powers Resolution of 1973, and other relevant documents or parts of the Constitution, and any treaties that may affect the President’s war powers.
"2011 Mandate: Should Our President Be Able to Start a War?" (2011). CACTUS--Citizens' Assembly for Critical Thinking About the United States. Paper 1.