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) GaetzGreene: McCarthy 'doesn't have the full support to be Speaker' Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse Press: Rittenhouse verdict demands change in gun laws MORE (R-Fla.) mirrors legislation introduced by Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci overwhelmed by calls after journal published mistake over beagle experiments McConnell looks for way out of debt ceiling box Senators make bipartisan push to block 0M weapons sale to Saudis 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 MassieThe Memo: Rittenhouse trial exposes deep US divide GOP Rep. Clyde racks up ,500 in mask fines Industry pushes back on federal, congressional cybersecurity mandate efforts MORE (R-Ky.) recently sent a letter to President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE calling for the immediate withdrawal” of all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.