Senator Chuck Schumer
(D-NY) announced his support for repealing the 2002 authorization for military
force in Iraq
on Wednesday, nearly 20 years after voting
for it in Congress
“I strongly and completely support repealing the authorization for the use of military force in Iraq, and this is the first time I am announcing my support for repeal,” Schumer said in a floor speech, vowing to hold a vote on it this year.
Repeal, said the New York
senator, who is up for reelection next year, will “eliminate the risk of a future administration reaching into the legal dustbin to use it as a justification for military adventurism.”
The 2002 authorization for use of military force, or AUMF
, gave President George W. Bush the green
light to invade Iraq, a disastrous conflict that cost countless lives and trillions of dollars. Schumer, along with 28 other Senate Democrats
, voted in support of the measure.
Presidents have used the 2002 authorization, as well as the original 2001 version, to wage war all over the world, with President Donald Trump
's administration using it in 2020 to partially justify killing Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.
The House is expected to vote on and pass legislation introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to repeal the 2002 AUMF on Thursday. Lee was the lone vote against the 2001 AUMF following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Biden administration
issued a statement this week in support of Lee's bill, stating that it "would likely have a minimal impact on current military operations." Of course, the big question is what, if anything, will replace the 2001 AUMF, which is still in effect today.
“The President is committed to working with Congress to ensure that outdated authorizations for the use of military force are replaced with a narrow and specific framework appropriate to ensure that we can continue to protect Americans from terrorist threats,” the White House