Flake and Kaine hope new AUMF will end 'moral outsourcing' by Congress

Defense News: WASHINGTON — Congress should enact a law authorizing the use of the military to fight ISIS, al-Qaida, the Taliban and other enemies fighting the U.S. so that members of Congress have to join the president in taking responsibility for war costs, according to Sens. Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine.

The pair is proposing a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which would repeal previous post-Sept. 11 authorizations, which they call overly broad. Under the new bill, while the president would be able to immediately begin military action in another country against those groups, the action would stop if Congress votes to disapprove within 60 days. However, the president does not need congressional approval in countries where fighting is already happening —Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya.

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