War authorization push hits snag in House

A push to include a new war authorization in a House spending bill appears to have hit a roadblock, while a separate provision forcing Congress to discuss a new war authorization was stripped from the chamber’s annual defense policy bill this week.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) fears her provision forcing Congress to vote on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) will be stripped out of the House Appropriations defense spending bill. Lee had offered an amendment to revoke a 2001 AUMF in eight months.

That war authorization, passed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as a 2002 authorization for the Iraq War have together been used more than 37 times in the last 16 years by the past three presidents to justify military action in 14 countries, including the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

GOP leadership is not pleased with the language, despite the measure being surprisingly backed by both Republicans and Democrats when it was voted into the House defense spending bill in late June.

Lee said after a meeting with Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanWar authorization push hits snag in House Are we getting things done? Congressional Republicans disagree Pence PAC snags top fundraisers for first donor event MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday that he “did not commit to preserving this amendment in the Rules Committee.” Ryan had said in June that the amendment was a “mistake.”

“There is a way to discuss this debate, but this [amendment], which endangers our national security, is not it,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong told The Hill. 

The Foreign Affairs Committee also argues the provision violated the House’s rules, claiming it was out of order.

Focus on the measure comes after the House on Friday passed its annual $696.5 billion defense policy bill in a 344-81 vote, but did not include a provision that would have forced Congress to discuss a new war authorization. 

The amendment was blocked from debate for the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, sidestepped in favor of softer language.

proposal offered by Reps. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffKey Democrat: ‘We can’t accept anything Don Jr. says’ on Russia meeting War authorization push hits snag in House Dem: Does Trumpcare cover getting hit on head by bags of drugs? MORE (D-Calif.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) to repeal the 2001 and 2002 measures – replacing both with a new war authorization tailored for a new enemy –…

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