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Senators to press Tillerson and Mattis on new war authority

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Senators to press Tillerson and Mattis on new war authority

Post by Admin on Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:51 am

Senators to press Tillerson and Mattis on new war authority
Associated Press
Monday, October 30, 2017
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are scheduled to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday. They told the panel behind closed doors three months ago that a 2001 law gave the military ample authority to fight terrorist groups.
"I don't think Congress has necessarily been completely kept up to date and the American public, I think, certainly has not," Kaine said after leaving a classified briefing conducted by senior Pentagon officials on the assault in Niger that killed four American soldiers.
"As we face a wide array of threats abroad, it is perhaps more important than ever that we have a sober national conversation about Congress' constitutional role in authorizing the use of military force," Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the committee chairman, said in a statement.
GOP leaders said voting to rescind existing war authority without a replacement in hand risks leaving U.S. troops and commanders in combat zones without the necessary legal authority they need to carry out military operations.
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