[pjw] NEWS: House votes to repeal two more AUMFs (no, not that one)
Peace and Justice Works
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Thu Jul 1 16:10:49 EDT 2021
For what it's worth, I joined the peace movement to try stopping the first
war on Iraq in 1991, and am excited to see we're one step closer to
repealing the authorization for that war to continue. The Senate hasn't
taken up the previous vote about the 2002 Iraq War authorization yet, and
still has to review the two vote noted below. Two votes, because in
addition to a bipartisan vote to finally end the "Gulf War," the House
also voted to get rid of Eisenhower's war powers to stop communism in the
Of course, nobody's yet ready to touch the "third rail" of the 2001
Authorization post 9/11 which has essentially kept the US in perpetual war
since then, but who knows, maybe the appetite will change. I'm afraid a
lot will hinge on the upcoming withdrawal/non-withdrawal from Afghanistan.
peace and justice works iraq affinity group
House votes to repeal 1991, 1957 war authorizations
By Rebecca Kheel - 06/29/21 02:38 PM EDT
The House on Tuesday voted to repeal a pair of decades-old war
authorizations related to the Middle East amid a broader debate over
presidential war powers.
As part of a package of seven bills considered to be uncontroversial,
the House voted 366-46 to repeal the 1991 authorization for the use of
military force (AUMF) that greenlit the Gulf War in Iraq, as well as a
1957 resolution that provided broad authorization for military action
in the Middle East to protect against "armed aggression from any
country controlled by international communism."
The "no" votes came entirely from Republicans.
The vote comes just under two weeks after the House voted to
repeal the 2002 AUMF that authorized the Iraq War. It also comes days
after President Biden ordered fresh airstrikes in Iraq and Syria
against Iranian-back militias that have reignited war powers
debates among lawmakers.
Biden did not cite an AUMF as his legal authority for Sunday's strikes,
nor did he do so for similar strikes in February.
But proponents of repealing the aging war authorizations argue they
must be taken off the books or else risk being abused by the executive
"By not repealing an AUMF and allowing it to remain long after it has
served this purpose, we open the door for future administrations of
either party to abuse that authority and stretch the authorization far
beyond its original purpose," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman
Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said Monday during floor debate on the
bills approved Tuesday.
But unlike the repeal of the 2002 AUMF, which was a mostly partisan
vote, repealing the 1991 and 1957 laws were seen as uncontroversial.
Both repeals were on the House's "suspension" calendar, which is
reserved for bills that can pass by voice vote or at least a two-thirds
majority in a roll call vote.
"The specific point of this law was accomplished," House Foreign
Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said of
the 1991 AUMF.
"Therefore there's no reason to leave it on the books. It is, in that
sense, very different from the 2002 Iraq AUMF."
On the 1957 resolution, McCaul called it an "unused relic of the Cold
War," adding with a chuckle that he "wasn't even born when this one was
enacted -- just barely though."
Republicans argue repealing the 2002 law could hamstring
counterterrorism missions, though the main authorization for those
operations is the 2001 AUMF.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to consider a bill
in July that would repeal both the 2002 and 1991 AUMFs.
The panel had originally been expected to consider the bill this month
but delayed the markup at the request of Republicans, who demanded a
briefing from the administration before voting on repealing the 2002
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