2 Dems seek end of 2001 authorization for military force
Feb. 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators want to terminate legislation approving the use of military force against perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks — effective in three years.
Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Chris Murphy of Connecticut say Congress never intended to authorize a perpetual war when it passed the legislation more than a decade ago.
They introduced a bill Friday and said the president and Congress should work together on any replacement measure needed to fight al-Qaida after 2018.
President Barack Obama has proposed leaving the 2001 law in place as part of his plan to authorize the use of force against Islamic State fighters.
Majority Republicans in Congress say they intend to strengthen the president's proposal before bringing it to a vote.