The House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-TX13) to the 2020 Defense Appropriations Act (H.R 2839). The amendment pertains to the Authorization of the Use of Military Force Act of 2001 (AUMF) that allowed the President to go to war in Iraq. The amendment overrides the 2001 version of the AUMF, out of concerns that the authorization may too broadly allow the President to go to war with Iran. If the bill becomes law, the legislation gives Congress 8 months to develop a new AUMF. Up next, the full 2020 Defense Appropriations Act will be voted on by the full House of Representatives.
- House Appropriations Passes Rep. Lee Amendment (30Y-22N)