'Huge': House to Consider Lee- and Khanna-Backed Measures to Stop Trump's March to War With Iran

September 9, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Progressive lawmakers on Tuesday welcomed the announcement by House Democratic leadership that the chamber will take up two measures later this month to rein in the White House march to war with Iran.

One of the efforts is Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-Calif.) proposal to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The other is Rep. Ro Khanna’s legislation to bar Pentagon funding for “military force in or against Iran” without congressional approval. The pair of bills, said the Congressional Progressive Caucus, represents “our best chance to avoid future conflict.”

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House would take up the bills the week of January 27, a development advocacy group Win Without War called “huge” and Lee deemed a chance to “stop endless war.”

“Leaving this outdated AUMF on the books, which has been used to justify the use of force throughout the world, is not only dangerous but irresponsible,” Lee added in statement.

Both measures were stripped from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed in December. They’ll now be considered as individual measures.

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