GOP lawmakers push amendment to rescind authority for troops in Afghanistan
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 GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzCheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future Trade negotiations mustn't short-circuit domestic debate Trump swipes at Cheney as she faces criticism from other Republicans MORE (R-Fla.) mirrors legislation introduced by Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRepublican senators revolt over coronavirus proposal Man who attacked Rand Paul sentenced to additional time in confinement Ballooning Fed balance sheet sparks GOP concerns MORE (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 MassieThomas Harold MassieCheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future Nicholas Sandmann announces settlement with Washington Post in defamation lawsuit Trump swipes at Cheney as she faces criticism from other Republicans MORE (R-Ky.) recently sent a letter to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden hits Trump's 'law and order' message: He's trying to 'scare the devil' out of people Pelosi bashes Barr after testimony: 'He was like a blob' and 'henchman' for Trump Schumer: Trump should want COVID-19 deal to help GOP election chances MORE calling for the immediate withdrawal” of all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.