House of Representatives Repeals 2002 Iraq War Powers Authorization

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The House of Representatives is expected to vote on whether to repeal 2002 Iraq war AUMF on Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Wednesday he supports repealing the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq.

"Congress has a historic opportunity to repeal this outdated authorization and reassert its proper authority over matters of war and peace", House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday after the vote. For years, Democrats and a smaller number of Republicans have tried to revoke the 2002 Iraq War powers and have argued that the authorization was unnecessary and allows the executive branch to keep Congress out of the loop on military decisions. "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".

The House voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq.

The House voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 legal authorization for the war in Iraq, marking what the bill's backers hope is a first step to curbing the President's expansive war powers enacted after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "After almost 20 years of fighting for this, we're finally one step closer to ending forever wars", Lee said in a tweet on Thursday.

The Trump administration said Soleimani was plotting a series of attacks that endangered many American troops and officials across the Middle East.

In the Senate, key lawmakers are working on a bill that would repeal not only the 2002 authorization, but also the 1991 authorization for use of force in Iraq, which remains on the books.

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At least 49 Republicans joined Democrats in favor of repeal, a bipartisan vote that underscored prospects for reining in AUMFs that presidents from both parties have used to justify almost 20 years of military actions around the globe.

The 2002 AUMF, which was approved in October 2002, paved the way for the United States invasion of Iraq under President George W. Bush in March 2003. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he opposes the effort to terminate the authorization.

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

The White House's Office of Management and Budget issued a statement Monday supporting the repeal, potentially boosting the prospects of passage in the Senate, per CNN.

"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.

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