In the Senate in recent months, Republicans have joined Democrats to pass similar measures, but not enough to override a presidential veto.
Both Concerned Veterans for America and VoteVets have long argued that Congress needs to take back its power to declare war from the executive branch and put an end to the „Forever Wars“ by revoking the 2001 authorization for use of military force against Al Qaeda, which presidents have used to justify military operations all over the world.
The flurry of amendments to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) moving through the House of Representatives is finally wrapping up Friday, where a series of Thursday night debates gave way to key votes early Friday on some contentious issues.
Major subjects of those debates included amendments that aim to end both the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The 2001 repeal passed 237-183, while the 2002 repeal passed even easier at 242-180.
Debates on the AUMF centered on concern that the authorizations could be used by President Trump or future presidents to authorize wars they were never intended for. The aim is to replace the 2001 version with something more current on the global war on terror, and to do away with the 2002 version entirely, since its main goal was to unseat the long-dead Saddam Hussein and conquer Iraq, now a US ally.
The House voted Friday to curb President Trump’s ability to strike Iran militarily on Friday, adopting a bipartisan provision that would require the president to get Congress’s approval before authorizing military force against Tehran.
(26.3.2019) MPs voted by 329 to 302 to back the Letwin amendment, led by former ministers Oliver Letwin and Dominic Grieve, which effectively allowed the Parliament to take control of the Brexit process, and delivered another blow to Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Guardian reported that 30 MPs from May’s party including three ministers voted for the amendment. The three ministers were also reported to have resigned.
Mrs May will next week bring her Brexit deal back to the Commons for a third meaningful vote.
She says that if it passes, she will then ask the EU for a „short technical extension“ until the end of June, to give Parliament the time to force through the necessary legislation.
But if the deal is defeated again, the PM has warned that Britain will have to stay in the EU beyond the summer and take part in European Parliament elections.
ca. 18:30 Uhr – LIVE – London:
Schaltgespräch mit ZDF-Korrespondentin Diana Zimmermann
anschl. – Brüssel:
Schaltgespräch mit ZDF-Korrespondent Stefan Leifert
anschl. – LIVE – London:
Brexit-Debatte im britischen Unterhaus über eine Verschiebung des Austritts-Datums
Zu Gast im Studio:
– Grahame Lucas (Britischer Journalist)
– Sigrid Fretlöh (EU-Expertin)
Meeting started at 9.33am
We live in a “representative democracy” – or so we tell ourselves. But who or what is the present parliament representing? Not the majority in the country, as expressed by in the 2016 referendum and the 2017 general election. Some two thirds of constituencies voted for Brexit – a vote that would give an unprecedented landslide majority in a parliamentary election – and yet most MPs still support Remain.
We would have to go back rather a long way to find a precedent, to a time when “democracy” was a dirty word.
– Watch the Brexit debate in the live stream above
– MPs to vote on Thursday afternoon on delaying Brexit
– Remainer plot to postpone Brexit by up to two years
– Brexiteer hopes pinned on Geoffrey Cox changing legal advice
– Will the EU allow an Article 50 extension that will delay Brexit?
– Nick Timothy: Mrs May is responsible for losing control of Brexit
– Nigel Farage: Brexit betrayal one of most shameful chapters in our history
Speaker John Bercow has refused to call the cross-party amendment B rejecting a second referendum, despite the fact that it was signed by 127 MPs including the entirety of the DUP and had numerous Labour MPs as leading co-signatories including Caroline Flint, Gareth Snell and John Mann. Shameless…
Instead Bercow has selected four amendments more to his own liking:
John Bercow, the speaker, says he is calling four amendments, plus an amendment to an amendment.
1) Sarah Wollaston’s – calling for an extension to article 50 to allow for time for a referendum on Brexit.
2) Hilary Benn’s – saying next Wednesday should be set aside for a debate that would start the process of allowing MPs to hold indicative votes on Brexit alternatives. There is also an amendment to this amendment, from Labour’s Lucy Powell, changing the timing.
3) Labour’s – saying article 50 should be extended to allow time for MPs to find a majority for a different approach to Brexit.
4) Chris Bryant’s – saying Theresa May should not be allowed to put her deal to the Commons again.
Go to Sky News for the latest on tonight’s vote: http://po.st/DqKz6E
Meeting started at 11.33am
France would block a delay to Brexit unless it had a “clear objective” based on a “new choice” by the British, Emmanuel Macron has said.
Speaking at a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris, the French president gave the clearest signal from an EU leader so far that there would be conditions on an extension to the Article 50 negotiating period.
MPs are now debating what steps should be taken next in the Brexit process. They will debate amendments put forward by MPs from across the House, with votes expected to start at around 7pm.
12.30pm: Urgent Questions, Ministerial Statements (if any)
Up to 20 minutes: Ten Minute Rule Motion: Planning (Affordable Housing and Land
Compensation) (Helen Hayes)
No debate: Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2)
Bill: Second and Third Reading
Until any hour*: Business of the House (Today) (Motion) (*if the 7.00pm Business of the House Motion is agreed to)
Until 7.00pm: UK’s withdrawal from the European Union
(19.2.2019) What role does Parliament have in extending Article 50?
Although it is not explicitly stated in UK legislation, Parliament is not thought to have a formal role in deciding whether the Article 50 process should be extended as a matter of EU law. Extension is ultimately a question that is resolved by the UK Government acting on the UK’s behalf, negotiating with the European Union.
(8. Dezember2016) A vote by MPs to back Theresa May’s Brexit plans was not legally binding, the Government’s lawyers have admitted.
James Eadie QC made the concession during the final day of Supreme Court appeal which is considering whether the Prime Minister has sufficient authority to trigger Article 50 without a vote by MPs.
A key part of the case against the Cooper-Letwin plan is that it is unlikely to work without a degree of Government support.
Labour chairman Ian Lavery was described as “very angry” as he branded the support for a second referendum “political suicide” – arguing that the move risks shedding votes in the Midlands and northern England.
Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon attacked the leadership for failing to consult the shadow cabinet before announcing the U-turn – asking Mr Corbyn: “Why did we hear about it in the media?”
He has betrayed his party’s own manifesto in the 2017 general election, which promised to respect the outcome of the referendum. He has betrayed his old Labour mentors, most notably his hero Tony Benn, who was the left’s most articulate critic of the EU. And he has betrayed himself. He has betrayed his own longstanding and correct belief that the EU is an illiberal, undemocratic, anti-worker outrage of an institution. Has any politician ever betrayed so many people in such a short space of time?
Asked if that stance would put her on the “same side as Jeremy Corbyn”, Ms Thornberry replied: “Yeah. Of course.
“If there’s a choice between a disastrous Tory Brexit or no deal and Remaining, then that is what we will have to do.”
Labour’s 2017 manifesto says the party “accepts the referendum result” and will fight for “a Brexit deal that delivers for all regions and nations of the UK”.
The prime minister said she will put her withdrawal agreement – including any changes she has agreed with the EU – to a meaningful vote by 12 March.
If that fails, MPs will be offered two separate votes:
One, on the following day, on whether MPs support a no-deal Brexit – so the UK would „only leave without a deal on 29 March if there is explicit consent in the House for that outcome“
If that fails, then MPs will get a vote by 14 March on requesting an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process to delay EU withdrawal beyond 29 March
Yvette Cooper, a senior Labour MP, and Sir Oliver Letwin, a senior Conservative MP, have been rallying support for a proposal that would force the government to hand power to parliament if no UK-EU withdrawal deal has been approved by March 13.
Under the proposal, which is set to be tabled as an amendment on Wednesday, the government would be legally obliged to offer MPs the option of requesting an extension in the Article 50 exit process beyond March 29.
Brexit-backing backbencher John Mann said the decision to endorse a so-called „People’s Vote“ would infuriate Leave supporters in the Midlands and north of England.
At a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party on Monday evening, the Bassetlaw MP told Mr Corbyn: „This decision will stop you being Prime Minister.“
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BBC News – Labour prepared to back new Brexit referendum
The Labour Party slumped by six points from 40 per cent to 34 per cent in the past fortnight, according to a survey by Opinium for The Observer, seeing them leapfrogged by the Conservatives who went from 37 per cent to 41 per cent.
She declared: “The leaders of the campaign for a second referendum had the chance to put their plan before the House of Commons a few days ago.
“But they recognised there is no majority in this Parliament to hold another vote. Indeed, I believe there never will be.”