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Corker to Hold Hearing on President’s Authority Over Nuclear Arsenal

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., pauses during a hearing on the crisis in Myanmar during a day of derisive name-calling with President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 24, 2017.

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker has announced he will hold a hearing next week on the president’s “authority to use nuclear weapons.”

Corker said the hearing is a part of the Senate’s examination of “the authority and process for using U.S. nuclear weapons.” He said Congress has not revisited the issue since 1976 and a “discussion is long overdue.”

“A number of members both on and off our committee have raised questions about the authorities of the legislative and executive branches with respect to war making, the use of nuclear weapons, and conducting foreign policy overall,” Corker said in a statement.

The debate over who should have the power to authorize the use of nuclear weapons has been reignited in Congress after President Donald Trump warned in August that North Korea could face “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it continues to advance its nuclear program.

Corker, who has announced he will not run for re-election in 2018, has publicly clashed with President Donald Trump several time over the last month.