House panel votes to strip war-fight­ing au­thor­ity

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Nicole Ault

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.

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