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Senator Young seeks to repeal Gulf Iraq wars original authorization

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U.S. Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., have introduced a bipartisan bill which would repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq.

The legislation would formally end the authorizations for the Gulf and Iraq wars: 28 and 17 years respectively after these AUMFs were first passed, “reasserting Congress’ vital role not only in declaring wars but in ending them,” according to a joint statement released on Wednesday. The repeal of these authorizations would also recognize “the strong partnership the United States now has with a sovereign, democratic Iraq.”

“There is no obligation more sobering than considering an authorization for the use of military force, and it is critical that Congress exercise robust oversight once authorities have been granted,” Young said. “As a young high school student, I enlisted in the Navy mere weeks before the Gulf War began. Now, 28 years later, those war authorities are still active and still in law. This illustrates the level of Congressional failure to perform its Constitutionally mandated oversight role. Today, Sen. Tim Kaine and I have introduced bipartisan legislation that repeals these outdated authorities, sending a strong message that Congress is finally taking back its Article One responsibility. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee to advance this legislation and have this important debate.”

“This bill is an effort to prevent the future misuse of the expired Gulf and Iraq War authorizations and strengthen Congressional oversight over war powers,” the statement added.


Posted 3/7/2019




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