30 Oct '17, 10pm

After 16 years, congressional debate on military force authorizations remains stalled

WASHINGTON — Senate lawmakers said the deaths of four U.S. service members in unheralded anti-terrorism operations in Africa has brought new focus on the need to update the military force authorizations governing those missions. But that hasn’t changed the debate. At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Monday, chamber leaders said they still don’t see a path forward for a new, bipartisan compromise on the issue, and administration officials testified that they don’t see a pressing need to repeal the 16-year-old authorizations under which U.S. troops are currently operating. “The 2001 and 2002 authorizations to use military force remain a sound basis for ongoing U.S. military operations against a mutating threat,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, adding that “any new congressional expression of unity” for U.S. troops would be welcome, if not necessary. The tes...

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