Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, plans to again join a perennial effort by conservative Republicans to repeal the War Powers Act.

Hansen feels the act, which limits use of U.S. forces by the president without congressional approval, "unnecessarily restricts the ability of the nation to defend itself in times of crisis," said his press secretary, Rick Guldan.He added that Hansen also feels the act "is unconstitutional, and in essence is a waste of paper."

The act was passed in 1973 over President Nixon's veto to limit deployment of U.S. forces into "imminent hostilities" to 60 days. At the end of the 60 days, Congress must affirm the military action or troops must be withdrawn. The act has never been tested in court.

Rep. Robert Dornan, R-Calif., has sponsored bills seeking to repeal that act. His bill introduced in the last Congress never even proceeded to the point of having committee hearings held on it.

"But I'd be willing to bet it will get hearings now that the issue has again been brought to the foreground," Guldan said. He added that Hansen will co-sponsor the bill when it is reintroduced.