House Votes To Repeal The 2002 Authorization Used For The Iraq War

  • House Votes To Repeal The 2002 Authorization Used For The Iraq War

House Votes To Repeal The 2002 Authorization Used For The Iraq War

The repeal resolution, passed 268-161, was sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California who has pushed for years for Congress to repeal the authorization.

The House voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force, a almost two-decade old war powers measure that gave clearance to then-President George W. Bush's plans to invade Iraq.

Trump cited the 2002 Iraq authorization as one of his justifications for the strike, which killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. "Significantly, we now count the democratic Iraqi government our partner in our counterterrorism mission - as such, it is time to repeal this authority", House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., said in a statement Thursday.

The effort, which has been debated for years, is what Lee and others hope will signal the initial steps to dismantle both war power measures issued after 9/11.

The House voted to repeal the 2002 authorization previous year, but the measure was not taken up in the Senate and the Trump administration opposed the move, according to CNN. I have said before that repeal of the 2002 AUMF is not enough. Now, with the Iraq War over for almost a decade, the 2002 authorization, and its use as a primary justification for military action, has lost its vital objective, Schumer said.

"The Iraq War has been over for almost a decade", Schumer said on the floor of the Senate this week.

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

Between the lines: The 2001 AUMF, which gave the USA government the authority to use military force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks, is viewed as a far more sweeping authorization.

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.

The House voted in 2020 and 2019 to do away with the AUMF that authorised president George W. Bush to use military force against Saddam Hussein's regime, but it was never taken up in the Senate, which was under Republican control.

In the Senate, Democrat Tim Kaine of Virginia is sponsoring a similar bill with help from Republican Todd Young of IN and four other GOP senators.

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

The White House also backs the effort.

The 2002 AUMF allows military action to "defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq".

"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.