Revisiting the Legislative Veto Issue: A Recent Amendment to the Arms Export Control Act
DEFENSE INST OF SECURITY ASSISTANCE MANAGEMENT WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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On February 12, 1986, an unheralded, yet highly significant piece of legislation was signed into law. Identified as An Act to amend the Arms Export Control Act AECA to require that congressional vetos of certain arms export proposals be enacted into law, Public Law 99-247 constitutes a Congressional action to correct a prior procedural defect involving the earlier legislative veto mechanism contained in the AECA. This article addresses three interrelated topics. It begins with a review of the events surrounding the incorporation of the legislative veto into security assistance legislation in the mid-1970s. Following this review, the discussion turns to the landmark 1983 Supreme Court Case, Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chadha, which brought the legislative veto constitutionality issue to the forefront. Finally, the article examines the language and possible impact of Public Law 99-247.
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