Rep. Jim McGovern: ‘Long Past Time’ for Congress to Stop Deferring to Obama on Afghanistan

In response to President Barack Obama announcing on Thursday that he will “maintain our current posture of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through most of next year,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) issued a statement the same day calling on Congress to “take responsibility for this conflict and vote on an Authorization for the Use of Military Force that clearly defines the current mission and ensures that there is a clear strategy for withdrawal.”

McGovern and a bipartisan group of House of Representatives members have for years been emphatically both opposing the repeated elongation of the United States military action in Afghanistan and pushing for Congress to deny Obama a bank check in regard to the Afghanistan War.

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