This Week in War Powers News – June 21, 2019

The content below comes from the newsletter This Week in War Powers News, provided by the Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy.

Biggs, Khanna Launch Bipartisan War Powers Caucus

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AL) have joined together to form the War Powers Caucus “dedicated to restoring Congress’s constitutionally-mandated authority.” Read more.

The Impact of War on Religious Freedom:
July 19, 2019

Join the Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy for our annual “The Impact of War on Religious Freedom” conference on July 19th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Learn more and RSVP here.


18 Years Later, The House Finally Repeals The President’s 9/11 War Authority

Matt Fuller and Amanda Terkel write at the Huffington Post:

House Democrats passed a nearly $1 trillion appropriations bill on Wednesday, complete with funding for the military, health programs and the Energy Department. But 11 lines in the 667-page bill could literally be the difference between war and peace, life and death: a repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.
Three weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, lawmakers overwhelmingly ― 420-1 in the House, 98-0 in the Senate ― approved the 2001 AUMF. The text of the resolution is incredibly broad. Congress gave the president the authority to use “all necessary and appropriate force” to go after the “nations, organizations, or persons” who were involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But there’s more.

Matt Gaetz: ‘America First’ Means Protecting U.S. Border Before Avenging Japanese Vessels

Sean Moran writes at Breitbart:

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) suggested on Sunday that America should secure its border before avenging foreign vessels allegedly attacked by Iran.
…“Real morality and real toughness is standing up to the pro-war special interests and globalist power brokers. Real morality is affirming forever that the blood of American troops is not for sale,” Gaetz said.