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By Patricia Zengerle
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday supported an effort to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that allowed the war in Iraq, citing that it would prevent “military adventurism.” like that of former President Donald Trump. 2020 airstrike at a Baghdad airport.
Schumer said he supported repeal of the legislation that was due to be voted on in the House of Representatives on Thursday and planned a Senate vote sometime this year.
“(The repeal) will remove the danger that a future administration will return to the legal dump to use as a justification for military adventurism,” Schumer said in Senate opening remarks on Wednesday.
He noted that the 2002 AUMF was one of the justifications Trump used for a drone strike on a Baghdad airport that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. The attack raised fears of war during the last days of the Republican administration.
“There is no good reason to allow this legal authority to persist in the event that another reckless commander-in-chief tries the same trick in the future,” Schumer said.
President Joe Biden’s administration said Monday it supported the repeal efforts, fueling momentum by lawmakers to withdraw the authority to declare war from the White House.
The United States Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war. However, that authority has gradually shifted to the president as Congress passed the “eternal war” AUMFs, which did not expire, such as the 2002 Iraq measure, and one that allowed the fight against Al Qaeda and its affiliates afterward. of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Some members of Congress have lobbied for years to repeal the authorizations. The current House effort was led by Democrat Barbara Lee, the only member of Congress who opposed the 2001 AUMF.
“There is no good reason to allow this legal authority to persist in the event that another reckless commander-in-chief tries the same trick in the future,” Schumer said. (This story corrects the day in the first and third paragraph)
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