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 SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGiuliani: Trump asked White House lawyer to go to Russia briefings Top Intel Dems denounce presence of Trump lawyer at classified briefings White House lawyer’s presence at FBI meetings sets off alarm bells for Dems MORE (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.

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"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 ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryOvernight Defense: Latest on scrapped Korea summit | North Korea still open to talks | Pentagon says no change in military posture | House passes 6B defense bill | Senate version advances House easily passes 7B defense authorization bill Congress must act to restore the integrity of American elections MORE (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"The last thing we need is to get balled up in court after we repealed the AUMF with nothing to take its place," Thornberry said.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."