One counter argument is that the constitution is a living document which has survived for over 200 years because not everything is spelled out in the area of the war powers clause the flexibility provided by the requirement for a congressional statute permitting war a declaration of war and constitutional interpretation could be sufficient. Congressional and presidential war powers under the us constitution you may hear on the news that the united states is at war with syria iraq or isis technically though the united states is not at war with any of those under the constitutional definition of the term because congress hasnt declared war. Legislative assembly of ontario official report of debates hansard ontario department of lands and forests resource management report workplace safety and insurance board and workers compensation appeals tribunal annual reports report of the wartime prices and trade board ontario fish and wildlife review ontario sessional papers journaux de la chambre communes du canada avec lannexes. This constitution and the laws of the united states which shall be made in pursuance thereof and all treaties made or which shall be made under the authority of the united states shall be the supreme law of the land and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary . War powers clause resides within article i section 8 of the united states constitution this clause sets forth congress legal right to declare war when necessary in relation to the exercising of war powers it is estimated that five known wars have been declared under the authority of the united states constitution
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