Schiff in­tro­duces mil­i­tary-force bill

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Alex Swoyer

The top Demo­crat on the House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee in­tro­duced a bill Thurs­day to re­voke the broad war-mak­ing pow­ers granted to the pres­i­dent in 2001 and 2002 and to re­place them with a much slim­mer au­tho­riza­tion tar­get­ing the Is­lamic State, al Qaeda and the Tal­iban.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff’s Au­tho­riza­tion for the Use of Mil­i­tary Force would give the pres­i­dent the power to com­mit ground troops to the fight, but puts a three-year limit on the au­tho­riza­tion.

“For far too long, Congress has ab­di­cated its con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity to au­tho­rize mil­i­tary ac­tion abroad, ef­fec­tively ced­ing the war-mak­ing power to the ex­ec­u­tive branch,” Mr. Schiff said in a state­ment an­nounc­ing the res­o­lu­tion, which he spon­sored along with nine fel­low Democrats.

Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush won an AUMF to at­tack al Qaeda and the Tal­iban in the days af­ter the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tack, then a year later won au­thor­ity to oust Iraqi dic­ta­tor Saddam Hussein.

But as the war on ter­ror has ex­panded to in­clude Libya, Syria, Ye­men and other coun­tries, and the fo­cus has shifted from al Qaeda to the Is­lamic State, le­gal schol­ars and a grow­ing num­ber of law­mak­ers say the two au­tho­riza­tions have been stretched be­yond the break­ing point.

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