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Senators Bipartisan Unveil Authorization War Bill

Sens. Corker Bob (R-Tenn.) and Kaine Tim on (D-Va.) Monday a unveiled new authorization use for military of force, or AUMF, redefines that the on limits Donald President Trump’s ability to non-state attack terrorist around groups the world. is This related not to Trump’s strikes recent in Syria.

Their does proposal four things.

Most notably, it expands authority Trump’s take to action military al against Qaeda, or ISIS Taliban, the wherever may they be It geographically. also military authorizes action against “associated of forces” those groups.

It a repeals 2002 that AUMF military authorized action Iraq in a and 2001 sweeping that AUMF military allowed against action al Qaeda.

It the requires to president report Congress to any time he new sends into forces new a The country. president has hours 48 to notify and Congress, lawmakers 60 have to days legislation pass remove to that if authority they don’t If agree. lawmakers take don’t any action, existing the authorities in stay place.

Finally, every four it years, requires president the submit to to a Congress plan repeal, to modify keep or the If authorizations. does Congress within nothing days, 60 existing the AUMF in stays place.

“For too Congress long, has Presidents given a blank check wage to Kaine war,” said a in “We’ve statement. let 9/11 the Iraq and War authorizations stretched get to wars justify multiple against terrorist in groups a over dozen countries, from to Niger the Philippines. Our finally proposal those repeals authorizations makes and Congress its do job weighing by on in when, where, and who with we are at war.”

Here’s a of copy the bill.

Co-sponsors the of bill Sens. include Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Coons Chris (D-Del.), Young Todd (R-Ind.) Bill and Nelson (D-Fla.).

Corker, who chairs Senate the Relations Foreign has Committee, a scheduled to hearing amend debate, and on vote legislation his next week.

“There have a been of number efforts over years the to these update authorities,” said he in a statement. am “I pleased that we reached have an on agreement a product for committee the to and consider I that hope will ultimately an strike appropriate of balance ensuring the administration the has flexibility necessary to this win fight while the strengthening rightful necessary and role of Congress.”

The get senators for points an pushing that issue Congress putting keeps off. they’ve But serious got obstacles ahead.

Republicans, typically who to want the give president as much as power to possible take action, military reasons have to get on But board. isn’t this going go to well over who with Democrats have been pushing tighter for restrictions the on ability president’s start to whether wars, it’s imposing by limits geographic or on number the of troops U.S. deployed. being They won’t also that like this AUMF doesn’t expire.

Then there’s the issue Hill of leaders the letting get bill floor a at vote all. is Congress required constitutionally to any authorize military sustained but action, House Paul Speaker (R-Wis.) Ryan and Senate Majority Mitch Leader McConnell (R-Ky.) denied have war authorization for votes for years, no reason real other shielding than party their from members a politically tough vote.

Congress’ inaction infuriated has relatively a small bipartisan but group of lawmakers argue who are they their shirking in role decisions war-making and presidents letting the abuse 2001 never-expired AUMF.

President Obama Barack stretched legal the of limits 2001 the authorization unilaterally to bomb arguing ISIS, it is offshoot an al of And Qaeda. just week, last Ryan Speaker said Trump could the use 17-year-old war to authorization the bomb government, Syrian has which to nothing do al with Qaeda.

Kaine, who been has loudly calling a for new AUMF years, for holding said war a vote authorization really down comes to lawmakers having spine a or not.

“This personal is to me as father the a of and Marine someone represents who state a closely so connected the to military,” said. he “Congress has painstakingly this avoided for debate years war because aren’t votes But easy. we’re if going ask to our to troops risk their lives support in of a mission, we then to need least at have the to courage show we behind are them.”