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116th CONGRESS
  1st Session
S. J. RES. 12

 To withdraw all United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan, and for 
                            other purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             March 4, 2019

  Mr. Paul (for himself and Mr. Udall) introduced the following joint 
   resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on 
                           Foreign Relations

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                            JOINT RESOLUTION


 
 To withdraw all United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan, and for 
                            other purposes.

Whereas the Joint Resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces 
        against those responsible for the attacks launched against the United 
        States (Public Law 107-40) states, ``That the President is authorized to 
        use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, 
        organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, 
        or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001'';
Whereas since 2001, more than 3,002,635 men and women of the United States Armed 
        Forces have deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism, with 
        more than 1,400,000 of them deploying more than once, and these 
        Americans who volunteered in a time of war have served their country 
        honorably and with distinction;
Whereas in November 2009 there were fewer than 100 Al-Qaeda members remaining in 
        Afghanistan;
Whereas on May 2, 2011, Osama Bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaeda, was killed by 
        United States Armed Forces in Pakistan;
Whereas United States Armed Forces have successfully routed Al-Qaeda from the 
        battlefield in Afghanistan, thus fulfilling the original intent of 
        Public Law 107-40 and the justification for the invasion of Afghanistan, 
        but public support for United States continued presence in Afghanistan 
        has waned in recent years;
Whereas an October 2018 poll found that 57 percent of Americans, including 69 
        percent of United States veterans, believe that all United States troops 
        should be removed from Afghanistan; and
Whereas in June 2018, the Department of Defense reported, ``The al-Qa'ida threat 
        to the United States and its allies and partners has decreased and the 
        few remaining al-Qa'ida core members are focused on their own 
        survival'': Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 
States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This joint resolution may be cited as the ``American Forces Going 
Home After Noble Service Act'' or the ``AFGHAN Service Act''.

SEC. 2. WITHDRAWAL OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES FROM AFGHANISTAN.

    (a) Plan Required.--Not later than 45 days after the date of the 
enactment of this joint resolution, the Secretary of Defense, or 
designee, in cooperation with the heads of all other relevant Federal 
agencies involved in the conflict in Afghanistan shall--
            (1)(A) formulate a plan for the orderly drawdown and 
        withdrawal of all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines from 
        Afghanistan who were involved in operations intended to provide 
        security to the people of Afghanistan, including policing 
        action, or military actions against paramilitary organizations 
        inside Afghanistan, excluding members of the military assigned 
        to support United States embassies or consulates, or 
        intelligence operations authorized by Congress; and
            (B) appear before the relevant congressional committees to 
        explain the proposed implementation of the plan formulated 
        under subparagraph (A); and
            (2)(A) formulate a framework for political reconciliation 
        and popular democratic elections independent of United States 
        involvement in Afghanistan, which may be used by the Government 
        of Afghanistan to ensure that any political party that meets 
        the requirements under Article 35 of the Constitution of 
        Afghanistan is permitted to participate in general elections; 
        and
            (B) appear before the relevant congressional committees to 
        explain the proposed implementation of the framework formulated 
        under subparagraph (A).
    (b) Removal and Bonuses.--Not later than 1 year after the date of 
the enactment of this joint resolution--
            (1) all United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan as of 
        such date of enactment shall be withdrawn and removed from 
        Afghanistan; and
            (2) the Secretary of Defense shall provide all members of 
        the United States Armed Forces who were deployed in support of 
        the Global War on Terror with a $2,500 bonus to recognize that 
        these Americans have served in the Global War On Terrorism 
        exclusively on a volunteer basis and to demonstrate the 
        heartfelt gratitude of our Nation.
    (c) Repeal of Authorization for Use of Military Force.--The 
Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40) is repealed 
effective on the earlier of--
            (1) the date that is 395 days after the date of the 
        enactment of this joint resolution: or
            (2) the date on which the Secretary of Defense certifies 
        that all United States Armed Forces involved in operations or 
        military actions in Afghanistan (as described in subsection 
        (a)(1)(A)) have departed from Afghanistan.
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