Thomas Massie's Amendment Limiting Military Engagements in Egypt Unanimously Passes the House

Credit: Thomas Massie/wikimediaCredit: Thomas Massie/wikimediaAn amendment to the House Defense Appropriations Act introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) that blocks the U.S. military being used in offensive operations in Egypt was passed by the House in a unanimous voice vote yesterday afternoon.

The amendment was cosponsored by Reps. Amash (R-Mich.) and Yoho (R-Fla.).

Read the full text of the press release from Massie’s office below:

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Representative Massie’s amendment to the House Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 2397) passed the House unanimously by voice vote. 

“I am pleased that the House of Representatives passed my amendment, and that my colleagues agree that the United States should not become further embroiled in the ongoing conflict in Egypt.  Since our national security interests in Egypt remain unclear, we must proceed cautiously to avoid providing taxpayer money and military assistance to our enemies.”

The amendment, cosponsored by Reps. Amash (R-MI) and Yoho (R-FL), prevents the U.S. Military from engaging in offensive operations in Egypt and prohibits the Department of Defense from providing new assistance to Egyptian military or paramilitary groups without congressional approval.

A recent National Journal poll found that only 16 percent (16%) of both Republicans and Democrats think America should escalate its involvement in Egypt, and nearly half of all those polled said the United States should either reduce aid to Egypt or eliminate it entirely.

Here is the text of the amendment:

Unfortunately, Amash's amendment to the bill, which would have restricted NSA data mining, was narrowly defeated.

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  • Hugh Akston||

    Nice. I'm sure Obama will abide by this.

  • Pro Libertate||

    The Obama abides.

  • ||

    "That drone really tied the room together."

  • JW||

    That rug really tied the country together.

  • ||

    PWN'D

  • JW||

    I got buddies who died face down in the muck so that you and I could enjoy this PWN'D!

  • Pro Libertate||

    "Oh, the usual. I drone. Make speeches. The occasional acid flashback."

  • ||

    God damn you ProL! You fuckin' asshole! Everything's a fuckin' travesty with you, man! And what was all that shit about Egypt? What the FUCK has anything got to do with Egypt? What the fuck are you talking about?

  • Cliché Bandit||

    STFU DONNIE!

  • Pro Libertate||

    I told that kraut a fucking thousand times that I don't drone on Shabbos!

  • JW||

    Forget it, Epi, you're out of your element!

  • ||

    What the fuck are you talking about? The Egyptian is not the issue here, JW. I'm talking about drawing a line in the sand, JW. Across this line, you DO NOT...also, JW, Egyptian is not the preferred nomenclature. Towelhead-American, please.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Episiarch, this isn't a guy who built the pyramids here. This is a guy. . . .

  • ||

    Got any other tired quotes from movies that we all know? Maybe you need a bigger boat?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Go home, Jim, like a sensible chap. You don't know what you're mixing in, get the next plane.

  • ||

    Shut the fuck up, JJ.

  • JW||

    What's this bullshit? I don't fuckin' care! It don't matter to JW. But you're not foolin' me, man. You might fool the fucks in the league office, but you don't fool JW. This bush league psyche-out stuff. Laughable, man - ha ha! I would have fucked you in the ass Saturday. I fuck you in the ass next Wednesday instead. Wooo! You got a date Wednesday, baby!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I've seen this movie before. Ban the Defense Dept from getting involved in Egypt, and Obama will use some other agency instead - CIA, NSA, whatever.

  • ||

    Don't we usually just put a boat nearby as an observer and if they don't sink it we sink it ourselves and get our war on?

  • Curtisls87||

    Are there any MacNamara's in the administration?

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Everyone in every administration is a MacNamara.

    That said, I'm not sure he's the villain everyone makes him out to be. He's certainly a villain, but not the sort he's been accused of.

  • Matrix||

    but... but... how can we freedom if we don't kill brown people half way across the the world?

  • ||

    I agree. Jefferson was on the right track but it should really be

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time continuously with the blood of patriots and tyrants distant brown people.

  • Hyperion||

    Ok, so it's Massie 1, Amash 0.

    Although, I have to say that the Amash amendment was much more important than this one, and of the 2, I would have rather seen that one pass.

    Maybe if Massie throws the Amash amendment out there again, it will pass, cause he has the magical mojo.

    And since some people here can't seem to spell Justins last name right, we always start thinking that the Amish are going to invade Egypt.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    "we always start thinking that the Amish are going to invade Egypt"

    Now where didst thou get that idea?

  • ||

    If only there were some document that prohibited military involvement without the consent of Congress, they wouldn't have to pass these things on a country by country basis.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    Hmmmm.... we should look into that!

  • Nixonfan||

    The War Powers Act doesn't apply to Democrats.

  • Raston Bot||

    and nearly half of all those polled said the United States should either reduce aid to Egypt or eliminate it entirely.

    Which I interpret as over half those polled still want to give money to Egypt's military.

  • ||

    If only there were some document that prohibited military involvement without the consent of Congress, they wouldn't have to pass these things on a country by country basis.

  • sarcasmic||

    If only there were some three o clock squirrels to help you double-post.

  • Hyperion||

    Ok, so it's Massie 1, Amash 0.

    Although, I have to say that the Amash amendment was much more important than this one, and of the 2, I would have rather seen that one pass.

    Maybe if Massie throws the Amash amendment out there again, it will pass, cause he has the magical mojo.

    And since some people here can't seem to spell Justins last name right, we always start thinking that the Amish are going to invade Egypt.

  • Matrix||

    we always start thinking that the Amish are going to invade Egypt.
    That would be pretty epic.

  • Hyperion||

    But how will them and the Muslim brotherhood be able to tell each other apart?

    Hey, why you have that beard, infidel!

    No, you're the infidel!

    Oh wait, the Brotherhood will be riding camels, while the Amish will be driving a horse and buggie.

    Wow, that will be an epic battle scene!

  • ||

    If only there were some document that prohibited military involvement without the consent of Congress, they wouldn't have to pass these things on a country by country basis.

  • ||

    Say it once, say it twice, three time's the charm.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Declaration of Whore? Mastication of War? What is it again?

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    Altercation with Worf.

  • Hyperion||

    There is this dusty old document. But it's like 200 years old! We can't be following that, it would be like trying to read something written by Edison to learn how to operate our Blueray player!

  • Jerry on the boat||

    They'll just call it a military kinetic action instead.

  • Matrix||

    +1 drone strike

  • SugarFree||

    Massive air strikes mean no boots on the ground. As long a single boot doesn't touch the ground, nothing we do means we're at war, and Obama's hands remain as clean as right before evening prayer.

    A Constitutional scholar named shrike told me this on these very fora.

  • JW||

    With a name like shrike, you just know it has to be retarded.

  • ||

    I just realized that meant that if there was an all-out nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union back in the day, as long as no armies crossed frontiers, it wouldn't have been WWIII.

  • SugarFree||

    See? Of course, nasty old Reagan wouldn't get that benefit of the doubt from shrike, who got a perfect score on the Libertarian Purity Test.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Kinetic Armageddon?

  • The Last American Hero||

    Yes. However, if Cuba did to the US what we did to Libya, I'm pretty sure most Americans would consider it an act of war, even the Moron-in-Chief.

  • Pro Libertate||

    No, no, kinetic! Like aerobics. Not war.

  • JW||

    I, for one, look forward to our new Aerobicise overlords.

  • Pro Libertate||

    What network did that run on? I can't remember.

  • JW||

    Showtime, I believe.

    I miss the 80's, some days.

  • ||

    Murikuns ain't got no duble standard.

  • Fluffy||

    No, boots can touch the ground as long as you call the guys wearing the boots "advisers".

  • Pro Libertate||

    All we need are hoverboots, like in Ratchet & Clank, and presidents will never need Congress for war again.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    "presidents will never need Congress for war again"

    They do now?!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Not this one. At least we had AUMFs with the last one, whatever they're worth.

  • SugarFree||

    That's right. There's always a loophole. How many "advisers" are in Iraq right now?

  • Nixonfan||

    Meaningless, because it doesn't mention the CIA.

  • MappRapp||

    Smack Daddy is NOT going to like that.

    www.GotMy-Anon.tk

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