On March 1, budget cuts brought about by the sequester went into effect. What is the sequester and where did it come from? The current incarnation of the sequester came about during the debt ceiling debate of 2011. It was passed as part of the Budget Control Act, which President Obama signed in August of that same year.
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The War Powers Resolution of 1973 directs the President of the United States to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing U.S. troops to military action, and prohibits those troops from remaining committed for more than 60 days (with an additional 30 day withdrawal period permitted), unless Congressional authorization is given or a declaration of war is made.