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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Calls for AUMF grow

From Kurt Couchman, Defense Priorities....

Calls for AUMF grow

Late last week, 46 House members of both parties led by Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Tom Cole (R-OK) sent Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) a letter urging debate on an updated authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State. The letter points out that Congress has not fulfilled its constitutional responsibility to decide this question.

Previously on April 11, 55 House members raised war powers concerns with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis over U.S. assistance to Saudi Arabia in the civil war in Yemen. Now, a new letter from Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Justin Amash (R-MI) “asserts that any direct U.S. support for an offensive on the Houthis must be authorized by Congress.”

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