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Republican-led committee approves bill restricting Donald Trump's ability to wage war - Independent

A House committee has earned a rare bipartisan round of applause for beginning to roll back the US president's ability to wage war.

The House Appropriations Committee recently approved an amendment to revoke the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which allows the president to undertake war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates without Congressional approval. The law, passed shortly after the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001, has been used to approve conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

The new amendment, introduced by Democratic Representative Barbara Lee, would sunset these presidential powers eight weeks after Congress passes the 2018 defence spending budget. The appropriations committee has sent the budget to the House floor for a vote.

by Bjinse on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 at 07:57:32 AM EST
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