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Senate Votes to Repeal AUMFs 20 Years After Illegal Invasion of Iraq

HeadlineMar 30, 2023

The United States Senate has voted to repeal the authorizations for the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Wednesday’s vote was 66 to 30, with 18 Republicans voting in favor of repealing the AUMFs, or authorizations for the use of military force. This is New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.

Sen. Bob Menendez: “This vote shows that Congress is prepared to call back our constitutional role in deciding how and when a nation goes to war, and also when it should end wars. It also protects against future administrations abusing authorizations that outlive their mandate but remain on the books.”

Among Democrats who voted to repeal the Iraq War authorizations were Senators Chuck Schumer, Maria Cantwell and Dianne Feinstein, who voted in favor of authorizing force in Iraq in 2002. President Joe Biden, who also voted in favor of the invasion as a senator, has signaled he will sign the repeal if it’s approved by the House.

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