July 2, 2017
After the past 16 years since terrorists attacked the United States on 9/11, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has pushed to revoke U.S. presidents from having the authority to declare war.On Thursday, she stood up again and proposed an amendment to sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). This time, her proposal was literally applauded by both Republicans and Democrats and anonymously approved.
“Whoa,” Lee wrote on Twitter as she realized that her long battle was finally won. Her amendment, which will be adopted in the House Appropriations defense bill, will revoke the AUMF eight months after the passing of the defense act. In the meantime, Congress will be compelled to vote on a new law.