National Archives Explores Role of Congress in International Crises

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U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress co-hosts expert panel discussion

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Washington, DC…On Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m., the National Archives and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress host a program exploring The Role of Congress in International Crises. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance, located on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. The building is open 10 AM —5:30 PM daily, and is fully accessible. Metro: Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station.

The Constitution, as part of its checks and balances, assigns Congress the power to declare war and the President to oversee the conduct and the direction of the war. A panel moderated by Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry, and including former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, former Members of Congress Chris Shays and John Tanner, and author and investigative journalist Bob Woodward, will examine how this division of powers and responsibilities has been interpreted in the past, how military action was taken without congressional authorization, and how the legislative branch plays a significant role when our nation is faced by international crises. The Foundation for the National Archives is proud to sponsor public programs through the generous support of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc. Visit us at

New reservation system for the public: Starting June 1, reservations for public programs in the McGowan Theater can be made online through the Foundation for the National Archives:

1. Register at

2. Print your email confirmation and bring it to the program.

Walk-ins may be admitted, pending seat availability. To reserve by phone or for more information, call 202-357-6814.

To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: 202 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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