House rejects proposal to sunset 2001 authorization of military force

The House on Thursday defeated an amendment to the 2015 defense authorization that would sunset the 2001 authorization for use of military force against terrorists.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) offered an amendment, rejected 191-233, that would end the authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against those responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks within a year. The California Democrat said the authorization was no longer necessary 13 years later.

"The legally precarious nature of our military actions under AUMF has only become more pronounced," Schiff said. "This amendment will force Congress and the administration to do something about it."

But Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), who is slated to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the proposal would compromise U.S. national security efforts.

"The last thing we need is to get balled up in court after we repealed the AUMF with nothing to take its place," Thornberry said. "Unfortunately, repealing something this serious without something to take its place is, I think, a very dangerous game to play."

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