Breaking News: In a significant development that many on both sides of the political aisle have wanted for years, the House of Representatives has passed legislation reducing the power of both Congress and the president to take the country into military conflicts with a law that passed immediately following 9/11.
“The House voted Thursday to repeal a 19-year-old military authorization Congress passed to give legal backing to the Iraq War with the support of Democrats, Republicans and the White House — an unprecedented coalition to end post- 9/11 authorities to engage in hostilities that critics argue are outdated,”… according to The Washington Post. [emphasis added]
“‘Today’s historic vote is a turning point,’ House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.) said on the floor just before the vote. ‘I look forward to Congress no longer taking a back seat on some of the most consequential decisions our nation can make.’…
“Lawmakers have been trying for almost a decade to repeal both the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force as well as the 2001 AUMF that Congress passed to greenlight hostilities against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Both the Obama and Trump administrations opposed the repeal measures. [emphasis added]
“People in both parties argued that the authorizations had been stretched beyond recognition to target terrorist groups that didn’t even exist when the approvals were granted, while different presidents insisted that they needed the latitude to adapt to a changing threat landscape.” [emphasis added]
For more of this report, go to The Washington Post.
This is a breaking news report and will be updated as warranted…
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