2001 Authorization For Use of Military Force (AUMF) Is Finally Repealed
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Last Wednesday, June 19, 2019, as the tension escalated between United States and Iran, the House Democrats sent President Donald Trump a clear message: President Trump has to get permission from Congress first if he wants to take any military action. The House voted to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was passed in the days after 9/11, which gave President George W. Bush the authority to go to war with al-Qaeda. Presidents of both parties have used this AUMF as justification for wars all over the Middle East during the past 18 years. The repeal was part of a nearly $1 trillion spending bill that passed the Democrat-led House, at 226-203, largely along party lines.
Please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia on AUMF 0f 2001, in italics, below:
The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), Pub. L. 107-40, codified at 115 Stat. 224 and passed as S.J.Res. 23 by the United States Congress on September 14, 2001, authorizes the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001 and any “associated forces”. The authorization granted the President the authority to use all “necessary and appropriate force” against those whom he determined “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the September 11th attacks, or who harbored said persons or groups. The AUMF was signed by President George W. Bush on September 18, 2001. In December 2016, the Office of the President published a brief interpreting the AUMF as providing Congressional authorization for the use of force against al-Qaeda and other militant groups.
The only representative to vote against the Authorization in 2001 was Barbara Lee, who has consistently criticized it since for being a blank check giving the government unlimited powers to wage war without debate. Lee has initiated several attempts to repeal the authorization, but as of 2019 has not been successful. Business Insider has reported that the AUMF has been used to allow military action in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Georgia, Yemen, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, and Somalia.
The house is voting to limit Trump’s war powers amid the Iran threat. Rep. Barbara Lee speaks out on her bill saying only Congress can declare war. In the video “Watch Democrat Reveal Plan To Thwart Trump’s War Power, The Beat With Ari Melber, MSNBC“, below:
In May of 2016, in the video “Rep. Barbara Lee Leads Congressional Debate on 2001 AUMF Repeal“, below:
In Sep of 2016, “Rep. Barbara Lee: Repeal 9/11 Authorization for Use of Force to Cancel Blank Check for Endless War“, below:
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