According to reporting by Reuters, the US Senate has announced its legislation on Monday that expands the scope of congressional authorization for US military actions against militant groups, but not foreign countries in a bid to walk back some of the legislative powers granted to the White House following the September 11th, 2001 World Trade Centre attacks.
“A group of senators led by U.S. Senators Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Tim Kaine, a committee Democrat, proposed an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF, that would authorize “all necessary and appropriate force” against al Qaeda, the Taliban, Islamic State and associated forces. It does not authorize military action against any nation state, including Syria.”
“Both Republican and Democratic members of Congress have long argued that they ceded too much authority over the military to both Republican and Democrat presidents after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. They now are trying to rein in some of that power by approving a new AUMF.”
“It was not immediately clear when the measure would be taken up in the House of Representatives. To become law, it would have to pass the Senate and House and be signed into law by President Donald Trump.”
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