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GOP lawmakers push amendment to rescind authority for troops in Afghanistan

14 Jul 2020 TheHill

Conservative Republicans are pushing an amendment to the annual defense spending bill in the House that would rescind authorization from troops in Afghanistan. 

The amendment would alter the National Defense Authorization Act to include language rescinding the Authorization for Use of Military Force established in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

It also instructs the Pentagon to produce a plan for withdrawing troops from the region, calls for political reconciliation and elections in Afghanistan independent of U.S. involvement, and would provide members of the military deployed to the country with a $2,500 bonus. 

The amendment from House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) mirrors legislation introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the Senate.

The Trump administration has been in discussion about the potential withdraw of 4,000 troops from Afghanistan, a move that critics argue would destabilize the region and put the U.S. national security at risk. 

A number of House conservatives have voiced strong reservations about keeping troops in Afghanistan despite bipartisan pushback from top lawmakers in both parties. 

Biggs along with Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) recently sent a letter to President Trump calling for the immediate withdrawal” of all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Original Link: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/507346-gop-lawmakers-push-amendment-to-rescind-authority-for-troops-in-afghanistan

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