Who was Last President to Seek Congressional Permission for War?

Charlie Rangel said the last president to seek congressional permission for war was FDR


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President Roosevelt signs the declaration of war against Germany, Dec. 11, 1941. No president has signed a declaration of war since Roosevelt. Photo:PolitiFact

During the interview, Napolitano asked Rangel, “Have you received a request from the president for authorization to use the military? Have you received a request for the president to bring about regime change? Have you received a request from the president for a declaration of war in Libya?”

Rangel replied, “No. It is true that he did send his Cabinet to brief us as to the reasoning that he made it, but you know, it’s three things, the Constitution, the constitution, the constitution. And ever since Franklin Roosevelt, the last president to come to the Congress to ask for permission to engage into war, what I really don’t understand … is that when you talk about — you use the word put our young people in harm’s way, what a sacrifice.”

Was Franklin Roosevelt really the “last president to come to the Congress to ask for permission to engage into war”?

The answer is — sort of.

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