House Bill Would Authorize Military Force Against Terrorism

blankHouse lawmakers have proposed a bipartisan bill that would authorize the U.S. president to use military force against the Islamic State militant group, Taliban, al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations for five years.

The proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force legislation aims to update previous AUMFs that Congress enacted in response to the 9/11 attacks and Iraq War, Rep. Mike Coffman’s (R-Colorado) office said Wednesday.

The new measure would direct the president to regularly submit reports on ongoing conflicts to Congress and prohibit the use of armed forces against countries without congressional approval.

Coffman introduced the bill with Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona), Don Bacon (R-Nebraska) and Jimmy Panetta (D-California).

Panetta said the proposed measure seeks to meet the country’s national security interests through an updated authorization that aims to address threats posed by the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

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