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GOP lawmakers push amendment to rescind authority for troops in Afghanistan

GOP lawmakers push amendment to rescind authority for troops in Afghanistan
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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. 

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The amendment from House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzBoehner: 'America First Caucus is one of the nuttiest things I've ever seen' Alleged sex trafficking victim may be cooperating with feds in Matt Gaetz investigation, ex-girlfriend says Kinzinger: Republicans who join 'America First' caucus should be stripped of committees MORE (R-Fla.) mirrors legislation introduced by Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Fauci on Tucker Carlson vaccine comments: 'Typical crazy conspiracy theory' 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 Massie14 Republicans vote against resolution condemning Myanmar military coup House approves bills tightening background checks on guns Can members of Congress carry firearms on the Capitol complex? MORE (R-Ky.) recently sent a letter to President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns MORE calling for the immediate withdrawal” of all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.