House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization

The White House supports the repeal, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would bring it to the floor for a vote

By Rebecca Shabad

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday voted to repeal the 2002 war powers resolution that authorized the use of military force in Iraq, a reversal that Democrats have been trying to enact for years.

The resolution passed 268-161, mainly along party lines, though 49 Republicans joined the Democratic majority in favor of repeal while one Democrat joined Republicans in opposition.

The White House said this week that it supports the repeal, proposed by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who led the opposition in Congress to the Iraq War, because “the United States has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis, and repeal of the 2002 AUMF would likely have minimal impact on current military operations.”

Since its passage almost two decades ago, at least three presidents have used the military authorization to justify military actions against a range of targets for which critics say it was never intended.

Those in favor of repealing the AUMF said it ceded too much of Congress’ constitutional war making authority to the executive branch. Those opposed to its repeal said it was irresponsible to repeal the AUMF without a replacement, though other military force authorizations remain on the books.

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