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) GaetzGaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Biden VP possible next week; Meadows says relief talks 'miles apart' MORE (R-Fla.) mirrors legislation introduced by Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus 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 MassieGaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Biden VP possible next week; Meadows says relief talks 'miles apart' MORE (R-Ky.) recently sent a letter to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE calling for the immediate withdrawal” of all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.