Schumer announces support for repealing 2002 USA war authorization in Iraq

Joanna Estrada
June 18, 2021

"Today the House confirmed, in a bipartisan way, that the repeal of an authorization for use of military force that is no longer applicable does not impede our national security".

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., was the sponsor of the House bill to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. The Trump administration cited the 2002 AUMF in part for its legal justification in the 2020 drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

'I look forward to Congress no longer taking a back seat on some of the most consequential decisions our nation can make, ' said Representative Greg Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urging support for the repeal.

The House voted past year and in 2019 to repeal the 2002 AUMF, but it was never given a vote in the Senate, which was controlled by Republicans at the time.

"While today's vote moves us one step closer to a full repeal of this outdated AUMF, there is more work to be done".

"It's confusing to me that we are jamming through a stand-alone repeal without basic due diligence, without consulting with the State Department, the Defense Department, the intelligence community, without consulting with the government of Iraq, and our coalition partners and allies", Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who opposed the repeal, said.

"The Iraq War has been over for almost a decade", Schumer said.

While the chamber's top Democrat Chuck Schumer expressed support on the Senate floor for the repeal, the first time he has done so publicly, he said he would bring the issue to a vote sometime this year.

"There is no good reason to allow this legal authority to persist in case another reckless commander in chief tries the same trick in the future", Schumer said. "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".

Only one Democrat voted against the measure, while 49 Republicans joined Democrats to revoke the mandate.

Bush signs the resolution that authorized the use of force against Iraq surrounded by US senators including now President Joe Biden (right) and also the late Sen.

In the end, legislation terminating the 2002 authorization will need 60 votes in an evenly divided Senate to overcome procedural hurdles. Sen.

A Senate committee is slated to take up the plan next week.

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

The 2002 AUMF paved the way for the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

"This short-sighted apparently political effort to repeal the authority without a replacement sends the wrong message and will embolden the Islamic terror groups and the world's largest state-sponsor of terror, Iran", Calvert said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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