Paul Ryan goes behind congressmen’s backs, alters bipartisan bill

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is being accused of stripping a bipartisan bill in the dead of night after an amendment forcing Congress to vote on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force came up missing from a House appropriations defense spending bill late Tuesday.

The author of the amendment, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), called the move “underhanded and undemocratic” on Twitter, saying “the people deserve a debate.”

Lee’s amendment calls for Congress to vote again on the far-reaching 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force passed in the wake of 9/11 that has been used to justify military action 37 times in 14 countries, including the fight against the Islamic State. It garnered a surprising amount of bipartisan support to pass on the House defense spending bill in late June.

“Ryan stripped my 01 AUMF repeal amdt from DOD Approps in the dead of night. This is underhanded & undemocratic. The people deserve a debate!” Lee tweeted. “Ryan should be ashamed of himself for forcing Republicans to strip out my bipartisan AUMF amdt in the dead of night. What is he afraid of?”

Ryan is known for his ability to manipulate congressional procedure, showcasing his talents in the revival of the House’s version of the healthcare bill back in May. Lee feared her amendment would be stripped when Ryan “did not commit to preserving this amendment in the Rules Committee.”

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