Senate to Vote on Repealing 2002 Iraq War Authorization

Senate to Vote on Repealing 2002 Iraq War Authorization

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal a 2002 use-of-force measure that gave the United States military the legal authority to invade Iraq, in a bipartisan effort that has earned support from Joe Biden's White House.

The final vote in the House was 268-161. "The fact of the matter is the legal and practical application of the 2002 AUMF extends far beyond the defeat of Saddam Hussein's regime. An authorization passed in 2002 is no longer necessary in 2021", Schumer said.

The 2002 authorization was directed against the Saddam Hussein regime, authorizing the "necessary and appropriate" use of force to "defend US national security against the continuing threat posed by Iraq" and to "enforce all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq".

"Repeal is crucial because the executive branch has a history of stretching the 2002 AUMF's legal authority", said Rep. Gregory Meeks, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said he agreed the 2002 authorization was outdated, but he argued that Congress should not repeal it without also approving a replacement. I continue to be encouraged by the Biden-Harris Administration's willingness to address outdated authorities.

Republicans who voted against the measure had expressed concern that revoking the war powers resolution would prevent the United States from swiftly responding to terrorism in the Middle East. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Sen. Some lawmakers say the 2001 resolution to fight terrorism, passed after the September 11 attacks, should be reexamined as well.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday signaled that he supported a repeal of the 2002 AUMF and said he planned to bring the measure to a vote this year.

The US House of Representatives approved a bill that would repeal the authorisation of use of military force in Iraq that has been in effect since 2002.

"We can not revise history as it relates to why this authorization was put into place", Lee said on the House floor.

Trump cited the 2002 Iraq authorization as one of his justifications for the strike, which killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force was issued to allow the president to order the invasion of Afghanistan, and it has remained a key justification for military action against terrorist groups around the world. "It's Congress' responsibility to authorize the use of force, and that authorization can not be blank checks that stay as authorizations for any administration to use the way they see fit".

The 2002 AUMF, which was approved in October 2002, paved the way for the U.S. invasion of Iraq under President George W. Bush in March 2003.

Today Democrats control the 50-50 Senate by the narrowest of margins, and would need 10 Republicans to join them to overcome blocking tactics.

A Senate committee is scheduled to take up the House bill next week, he said.

"We used it to get Soleimani and there might be another Soleimani out there", Inhofe said.

The measure also would not curb efforts to deal with ISIS terrorists, he said.

"Democrats are playing politics with national security in an effort to taint one of President Trump's biggest national security successes", McCaul said.

The plan would end the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, that greenlighted then-President George W. Bush's plans to invade Iraq.

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