House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Bill
Washington, June 29, 2017
The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:
Rep. Granger – The manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Lee – The amendment repeals the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was enacted after 9/11 (Public Law 107-40; U.S.C. 1541 note). It would go into effect 240 days after enactment of the bill. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
The bill was approved by the Committee on a voice vote.
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Text of the bill:
After 16 Years, House Panel Takes Step to Cancel 'Blank Check for Endless War'
'The 2001 AUMF has provided three administrations with a blank check for war'
That's because the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee passed a repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used justify ongoing military actions in regions around the world spanning the George W. Bush, Obama, and now Trump administrations.
The amendment to the 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill was put forth by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)—the sole member of Congress
to vote against the AUMF passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack—and would repeal the AUMF 240 days after enactment of the appropriations bill.
On Twitter, Lee said
the vote "was 16 years in the making," adding
that "a floor debate and vote on endless war is long overdue."...
After 16 Years, House Panel Takes Step to Cancel 'Blank Check for Endless War' | Common Dreams