The senators are going to return to Congress control over the military

The senators are going to return to Congress control over the military

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Сенаторы намерены вернуть Конгрессу контроль над военными

The bill provides congressional authorization for “any and necessary use of force” against the terrorists

A group of senators issued a bill that provides for mandatory approval by Congress of any actions taken by the United States against the illegal armed groups in Iraq, Syria and other countries. Thus, lawmakers intend to take away the control over the armed forces at the White house.

The authors of the bill were Republican Bob Corker, head of the foreign relations Committee, and Tim Kane, the most senior Democrat on the Committee. The bill called “Authorization for use of military force” (Authorization for the Use of Military Force – AUMF) provides for the mandatory congressional authorization for “any and necessary use of force” against the “al Qaeda”, the Taliban, ISIL and associated structures. The authorization to use military force against any state, including Syria, this bill does not provide for.

Members of Congress from both parties have long expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that after the attacks of 11 September 2001, the presidents of the United States got too much power in the sphere of military force.

According to the U.S. Constitution, the right to declare war is the Congress, not the President. However, the presidents used their in 2001, powers to deal with “al Qaeda” and its allies, and in 2002 for the war with Iraq, to give orders for participation in various conflicts.