US Congress wants to reduce White House power to wage war
On June 29 the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to repeal the wide ranging 2001 law which allows the president to wage war against terrorist groups around the world.
The amendment would cancel the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), the authorization approved right after 9/11 which still provides the White House with the legal framework to fight as many terrorist groups as it deems fit.
The amendment was broached by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) but also backed by many Republican lawmakers, showing how Congress usually tends to act as an institution rather than merely following the instructions of America’s two main parties.
In the end, the repeal might never take place.
Capitol Hill, however, wants to warn president Trump that it might reverse what has happened for the past 30 years and strip him of the prerogative to unilaterally make war, in accordance with the recommendations of the founding fathers who thought Congress should craft foreign policy alongside the White House.
A trend which we believe will continue to strengthen in the next years.