Tom Cole: House Speaker Paul Ryan Asked Me To Strip Barbara Lee’s War Authorization Language

Tom Cole: House Speaker Paul Ryan asked me to strip Barbara Lee’s war authorization language

A senior Republican on the House Rules Committee said Monday that Speaker Paul Ryan personally asked him to block legislation that would have repealed the U.S. war authorization for the wars in Iraq, Syria Afghanistan and elsewhere.Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said he consented to that request and replaced anti-war Democrat Rep. Barbara Lee’s amendment, which was added this month to the Defense Department spending bill, with another provision that requires the Trump administration to instead submit a report on the existing 9/11-era Authorization for the Use of Military Force.
The move angered Lee and Democrats who believed a …

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