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House appropriators vote to repeal 9/11 war-making power

A panel of House lawmakers agreed Thursday to repeal the legislation authorizing the use of military force against terrorists that Congress passed after the 9/11 attacks, which could set the stage for a renewed debate over U.S. conflict in the Middle East.It was a victory for Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who offered the amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and set a deadline for Congress to debate and pass new legislation setting limits on U.S. military operations overseas. Her bill appeared on track to fail on a typical party-line vote during a markup of the fiscal 2018 defense appropriations bill, and as a top Republican countered that the bill “cripples our ability to conduct counterterrorism operations” to protect the country.

The language was approved in a voice vote, although it will have to be approved by the Senate and signed into law before it takes effect.

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