|Other short title(s)||Case-Church Amendment of 1973|
|Long title||A joint resolution making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 1974, and for other purposes.|
|Enacted by the||93rd United States Congress|
|Effective||July 1, 1973|
|Stat.||87 Stat. 130|
|Title(s) amended||22 U.S.C.: Foreign Relations and Intercourse|
|U.S.C. section(s) amended||22 U.S.C. ch. 32 §§ 2151, 2751|
The Case–Church Amendment was legislation approved by the U.S. Congress in June 1973 that prohibited further U.S. military activity in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia unless the president secured Congressional approval in advance. This ended direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War, although the U.S. continued to provide military equipment and economic support to the South Vietnamese government. It is named for its principal co-sponsors, Senators Clifford P. Case (R-NJ) and Frank Church (D-ID). The Amendment was defeated 48-42 in the U.S. Senate in August 1972, but revived after the 1972 election. It was reintroduced on January 26, 1973 and approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 13. When it became apparent that the Amendment would pass, President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, lobbied frantically to have the deadline extended. It passed the United States Congress with bipartisan support in June by a margin of 325-86 in the House, and 73-16 in the Senate. Both of these margins were greater than the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto. Although U.S. ground forces had been withdrawn earlier under a policy called Vietnamization, bombing continued until August 15, 1973, the deadline set by the Amendment.
|U.S. Congressional opposition
to American involvement in
wars and interventions
|1812 North America|
|House Federalists’ Address|
|1847 Mexican–American War|
|1917 World War I|
|Filibuster of the Armed Ship Bill|
|1970 Southeast Asia|
|Repeal of Tonkin Gulf Resolution|
|1973 Southeast Asia|
|War Powers Resolution|
|House Concurrent Resolution 63|
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