House panel votes to strip war-fighting authority
A House spending panel Thursday unexpectedly voted to yank the legal authority that allowed three U.S. presidents to conduct military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other global crisis spots.
On a voice vote, a House Appropriations subcommittee approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee that would revoke the current “Authorization for Use of Military Force” 240 days after the enactment of the bill. The California Democrat was the lone vote against the original AUMF for President George W. Bush passed three days after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
The law has been invoked by Mr. Bush, former President Barack Obama and now President Trump in ordering missions to invade Iraq, fight Islamic State in countries around the world, and conduct other counterterrorism missions. According to the Congressional Research Service, the law has justified military action nearly 40 times in 14 countries. The amendment could still be stripped from the bill as it works its way through the House and Senate.