“Ho-lee f*ck.” This is the response pretty much everyone is having to what just happened regarding a certain orange fraudster in the White House, an upcoming defense spending bill, and something that rhymes with “S’more Towers.”
Language proposed by Democrat Barbara Lee that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force was unexpectedly backed by Republicans and added to the House defense appropriations bill. “Whoa,” Lee wrote on Twitter as she announced the news.
Whoa. My amdt to sunset 2001 AUMF was adopted in DOD Approps markup! GOP & Dems agree: a floor debate & vote on endless war is long overdue. pic.twitter.com/FS8LfYWo5J
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) June 29, 2017
Lee has been trying for years to get rid of the AUMF, passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, but without much success.
The AUMF authorizes the President “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”
In the tiny hands of Donald Trump, that’s a metric f*ckton of power.
If the bill passes, the AUMF would go away 240 days later – something that is unlikely to sit well with authoritarian Donald Trump, from whom we can almost assuredly expect a tantrum after he hears about it on Fox News.
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