Pelosi Statement on House Republicans Stripping Bipartisan AUMF Amendment

Jul 19, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the Republicans Rules Committee unilaterally stripped Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s amendment to the defense appropriations bill, adopted in committee, repealing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF):
“For years now, it has been clear that the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force is outdated and that Congress should debate and draft a narrowly-tailored AUMF that address our present threats and circumstances.   

“By stripping Congresswoman Lee’s bipartisan amendment in the dark of night, the Republican Congress is subverting the legislative process and abdicating its solemn constitutional responsibility to debate and authorize the Trump Administration’s use of force.  

“The American people, and the brave men and women of the U.S. military, are owed a serious and constructive bipartisan debate on an AUMF that reflects today’s threats and missions.  It is disappointing that Republicans are afraid to have that critical discussion.”

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