White House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization

White House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization

White House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced his formal support for repealing the 2002 Authorization of Military Force in Iraq.

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. Todd Young of IN have co-sponsored a resolution similar to Lee's that would repeal the 2002 and 1991 war authorizations IN Iraq.

American troops left Iraq about a decade ago, although a number of contractors and some service members remain amid attempts to quash the ISIS terrorist group that emerged in the early 2010s.

To be enacted, the measure passed on Thursday must also be approved by the Senate - where its prospects are less certain - and signed into law by President Joe Biden, who has said he supports it.

"It's been such a long time coming", Lee said before Thursday's vote. "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".

In 2001 and 2002, Lee had voted against both war power measures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), flanked by Sen.

Action on the repeal measure follows years of debate over whether Congress has ceded too much of its war-making authority to the White House.

Supporters said repeal would not affect USA military operations around the world, but could prevent current and future presidents from relying on it to conduct unrelated military actions. For the very first time, Schumer voiced his support for the repeal on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

What he's saying: Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor that repealing the authorization "will eliminate the danger of a future administration reaching back into the legal dustbin to use it as a justification for military adventurism".

This week, the White House issued a statement supporting Lee's bill repealing the 2002 authority, noting it would have minimal impact.

However, that authority has shifted to the president due to the "forever war" AUMFs, which do not expire - including the 2002 Iraq AUMF and one allowing the fight against al Qaeda and affiliates after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was committed to updating the "outdated" AUMF, but he did not want repeal until an alternative was in place.

While criticizing the Trump administration, Schumer said that the former commander in chief used the 2002 resolution to carry out an airstrike against Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

The resolution, sponsored by Democratic.

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

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