Senator Wayne Morse voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964 on constitutional and moral grounds, arguing that Congress was ceding its constitutional duty to declare war to the executive. He claimed that the resolution “embodies a pre-dated declaration of war” and correctly predicted a “long and bloody war” that the country would regret.
On June 11, 2014, a panel of experts will discuss the echoes of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, particularly
current issues surrounding war powers decision-making in the context of U.S. counterterrorism
The event is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and The Constitution Project.
A reception will follow the panel cohosted by the University of Oregon Alumni Associated National Chapter.
Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon’s Fourth District
Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence, The Constitution Project
Stephen Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law
Garrett Epps (Moderator), University of Baltimore School of Law
Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon (Introduction)
5:00PM - 6:30PM
U.S. Capitol Building, Dirksen Room 106