Following the devastating terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the president was given power to singlehandedly authorize military force under the Authorized Use of Military Force Act. With Trump at the helm, Republicans realized this is not a safe act to have in place.
The only member of Congress who originally voted against the legislation was Rep. Barara Lee of California; she said they have to be “careful not to embark on an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target.”
Here’s what’s included in the act:
“That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”
On the campaign trail, Trump promised to “bomb the sh*t” out of ISIS. His military orders in office have already led to the deaths of an enormous amount of civilians in the Middle East.
The House Appropriations Committee has officially adopted Lee’s amendment. The committee has a Republican majority, and all but one Republican voted in favor of Lee’s amendment. Rep. Kay Granger of Texas was the only one who didn’t want to strip Trump of his power.
Lee said in a statement:
“At long last, I am pleased that my Democratic and Republican colleagues supported my effort to put an end to the overly broad blank check for war that is the 2001 AUMF. If passed into law as part of the DOD bill, it would repeal the 2001 AUMF eight months after enactment of this legislation. That would allow plenty of time for Congress to finally live up to its constitutional obligation to debate and vote on any new AUMF. It is far past time for Congress to do its job and for the Speaker to allow a debate and vote on this vital national security issue. I am glad that this amendment passed in a bipartisan manner and I look forward to continuing to work to finally have the debate and vote that our service members and our nation deserves.”
See Lee’s tweet below:
Whoa. My amdt to sunset 2001 AUMF was adopted in DOD Approps markup! GOP & Dems agree: a floor debate & vote on endless war is long overdue. pic.twitter.com/FS8LfYWo5J
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) June 29, 2017
At least, Republicans have enough sense to realize that Trump isn’t someone who can be trusted to use military force whenever he wishes.
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