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MSNBC, July 23, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee joins Joy Reid to discuss how she believes Speaker Ryan stripped an AUMF repeal, meant to scale back a president’s power to use military force, from a defense spending bill. READ MORE
Roll Call, July 21, 2017
This week's floor speech features Democrat Rep. Barbara Lee talking about the 2018 defense spending bill. Lee denounced the removal of her amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force from the bill. READ MORE
The Nation, July 20, 2017
When Lee was the only member of Congress to oppose the 2001 measure, the Democrat warned that it was so ill-defined that it could be misread as an excuse for military attacks and interventions that had little or nothing to do with the goals of a measure approved in response to the 9/11 attacks. Her concerns were well founded. READ MORE
CNN, July 19, 2017
House Republican leadership has removed a contentious provision from a defense spending bill that would have repealed the 2001 war authorization used to fight the wars against Al Qaeda and ISIS. READ MORE
ThinkProgress, July 19, 2017
Just after midnight on Wednesday, the House Rules Committee quietly stripped Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-CA) amendment that would repeal the 2001 Authorized Use of Military Force from a defense spending bill the House is expected to vote on shortly. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2017
House Republicans have stripped from a Defense Department spending bill Rep. Barbara Lee's amendment to reconsider the authority the president has to wage war. READ MORE
Roll Call, July 19, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee on Wednesday vowed to take her long-time efforts to repeal the current Authorization for Use of Military Force, which dates to 2001 but is used for a wide range of conflicts now, to the House Foreign Affairs Committee after Republican leaders removed it from a spending bill the California Democrat successfully attached the repeal to. READ MORE
The Hill, July 19, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) blasted Speaker Paul Ryan early Thursday, saying the Wisconsin Republican "stripped" her Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) repeal amendment in the "dead of night." Lee said in a tweet the move was "underhanded & undemocratic," adding that "the people deserve a debate!" READ MORE
Business Insider, July 19, 2017
Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee said on Tuesday that Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan stripped her amendment, which would have repealed authorization for the use of military force against ISIS, from a defense-spending bill. READ MORE
New York Daily News, July 19, 2017
The congresswoman behind repeated attempts to debate repealing the 9/11-inspired Authorization for Use of Military Force says Rep. Paul Ryan foiled her latest bid “in the dead of night." READ MORE
The Hill, July 12, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) met Wednesday afternoon to hash out a possible new war authorization to replace a 2001 law that gives the president power to wage war on terrorist groups in the Middle East. READ MORE
Politico, July 12, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan met with anti-war Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee on Wednesday as he sought to take control of growing bipartisan demands for a new debate on the 16-year-old military fight against terrorism. READ MORE
The Week, July 5, 2017
Last week, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) submitted an amendment into the House Appropriations Committee's 2018 defense spending bill that would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force within 240 days of the bill's enactment. READ MORE
Washington Post, July 1, 2017
A stunning move this week by a House panel to force a debate on new presidential war powers revealed mounting frustration that Congress has for too long dodged one of its most important responsibilities: to decide whether to send American fighting forces into harm’s way. READ MORE
The Hill , July 1, 2017
No one was more surprised than Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) on Thursday when her language revoking the administration's war authority was unexpectedly backed by Republicans and added to a must-pass defense spending bill. READ MORE
The Nation, June 30, 2017
On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee approved Lee’s amendment to repeal the 2001 AUMF 240 days after enactment of the Department of Defense Appropriations bill. With the vote, Lee celebrated a remarkable accomplishment—not just for herself but for the cause of restraint and reason when it comes to matters of war and people. READ MORE
San Francisco Chronicle, June 30, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee’s voice has been in the wilderness so long that she seemed as surprised as anyone to hear a response. “Whoa,” she tweeted when a congressional committee passed her proposed repeal of a war authorization that has been used and abused since Lee was its lone opponent 16 years ago. READ MORE
Rachel Maddow Show, June 29, 2017
Congresswoman Barbara Lee talks with Rachel Maddow about her years-long effort to get Congress to reconsider its authorization of the use of force finally seeing some significant bipartisan support with the passage of her amendment in the House Appropriations Committee today. READ MORE
BuzzFeed News, June 29, 2017
In a move that shocked many in Congress, a House subcommittee adopted an amendment on Thursday that would repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, the law that US administrations have used as the legal basis for multiple wars in the Middle East over the past 16 years. READ MORE
CNN, June 29, 2017
Blindsiding leaders in both parties, a House committee on Thursday approved a repeal of the war authorization that the US military relies on to fight the war on terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and around the globe. READ MORE