Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee introduced the amendment during budget markups. The GOP-controlled committee adopted the measure in a surprise move.
The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday took a huge step toward dialing down American military involvement in the Middle East by including a repeal of the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that had provided the legal justification for the United States’ 16-year “War on Terrorism.”
The amendment, introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-TX), would repeal the AUMF “240 days after the date of the enactment” of the Defense Appropriations Bill.
— Jennifer Scholtes (@JAscholtes) June 29, 2017
Since the September 11 attacks in 2001, Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump have used the authorization to conduct military operations against al-Qaeda and its successor organizations, like ISIS.
Without the AUMF, the executive branch would no longer hold legal justification to continue military operations against terrorist organizations in the Middle East.
A House Appropriations aide confirmed to a Politico reporter that the amendment would repeal the AUMF, if enacted:
Reintating my WOW. A correction from House Approps aide: "Yes it would repeal the 9/11 AUMF and require a new vote in congress." https://t.co/qZC5yXnl5t
— Susan Ferrechio (@susanferrechio) June 29, 2017
If the Defense Appropriations Bill passes, Congress would have 240 days to approve a new AUMF before U.S. military operations against terrorist targets become illegal.
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