Schiff introduces military-force bill
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.