By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday, Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, and Congressman Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, introduced bipartisan legislation that would place jurisdiction over war powers’ issues, including authorizations for the use of military force, under the Congressional Armed Services Committees. These matters are currently under the jurisdiction of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Under House Rule X, the House Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over all areas of personnel, material and strategy necessary for the conduct of war, making it the best-equipped panel to handle this critical responsibility. Byrne and Gallego argue that in addition, because the Congressional Armed Services Committees pass legislation authorizing defense activities every year, this jurisdictional change would give Congress a better opportunity to review and revise war-related policies.