The United States spent over $760 billion on the Afghanistan War between 2003 and 2015. (Congressional Research Service).
In a move that surprised many on Capitol Hill, the House Appropriations Committee, which is controlled by Republicans, approved Lee’s amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill with a voice vote. If passed into law, it would repeal the 2001 authorization 240 days after Lee’s amendment passes. It means a new vote in Congress would be required to continue military action against the Islamic State.The unexpected vote is a sign that there’s a bipartisan desire to revisit the sweeping powers given over to the president to wage the war on terror. When the amendment passed, members of the committee broke into applause. Link