After 16 Years, House Panel Takes Step to Cancel “Blank Check for Endless War”

“The 2001 AUMF has provided three administrations with a blank check for war.”

(COMMONDREAMS) — A House committee on Thursday took a surprising—yet welcome—step towards canceling the “blank check for endless war.”

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That’s because the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee passed a repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used justify ongoing military actions in regions around the world spanning the George W. Bush, Obama, and now Trump administrations.

The amendment to the 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill was put forth by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)—the sole member of Congress to vote against the AUMF passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack—and would repeal the AUMF 240 days after enactment of the appropriations bill.

On Twitter, Lee said the vote “was 16 years in the making,” adding that “a floor debate and vote on endless war is long overdue.”

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