June 17, 2021
House Votes To Repeal 2002 Iraq AUMF
The effort was led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). “Repeal can prevent our country from entering another protected protracted engagement under this outdated authority,” Lee said on Thursday. “We can’t afford to leave this in place indefinitely. For two decades, it has been in place. This is our opportunity to restore our constitutional role.”
On Monday, the White House said it supports repealing the war authorization
since it will have little impact on current US military operations. “The administration supports the repeal of the 2002 AUMF, as the United States has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis, and repeal of the 2002 AUMF would likely have minimal impact on current military operations,” the White House said in a statement.
The 2002 AUMF was last cited by the Trump administration to justify the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who was killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad in January 2020.
There was a renewed push in Congress to rein in the president’s war powers after Biden bombed Syria back in February. As the White House statement said, repealing the 2002 AUMF will not change much. The 2001 AUMF that was passed in the wake of the September 11th attacks is the one that is used to authorize current US wars in the Middle East.
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