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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012--Continued

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. AMASH. Mr. Chair, my amendment is simple. It deletes section 1034, the new Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Section 1034 contains, perhaps, the broadest authorization for use of military force Congress has ever considered. In doing so, it essentially delegates nearly all of Congress' constitutional war powers to the President. It expands Congress' use of force to include ``associated forces,'' a group the bill does not define. Under section 1034, associated forces don't need to be connected to 9/11. Associated forces don't need to have fought against the United States, and associated forces may even include American citizens.

There is no geographical limit to the authorization. Force may be used worldwide at the President's discretion. Please join me in opposing this broad, new AUMF. Please support amendment No. 50.

I reserve the balance of my time.


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