January 06, 2020

KENNEDY CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE AUMF REPEAL VOTE

“If the past 17 years is any guide, it is that a single War Powers Resolution to restrict military action in Iran will not be enough."

Newton, MA – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called for an immediate vote on the House floor to repeal both the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) as tensions escalate in Iran and the Middle East. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Kennedy applauded the decision by House Leadership to vote on a War Powers Resolution to restrict President Trump's military action in Iran, but went further and called for a full repeal of the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs, which have been used to justify expanding military operations in the Middle East for several decades.

“If the past 17 years is any guide, it is that a single War Powers Resolution to restrict military action in Iran will not be enough," said Kennedy. "Executives of both parties have used our existing AUMFs to justify expanding our engagement in the Middle East and around the globe. And for the better part of an entire generation, Congress has abdicated our Constitutional duty and allowed that dangerous mission creep to occur. Now, a reckless Commander in Chief has led our nation to the threshold of yet another war without the approval of the United States Congress and the Americans we represent. Immediately repealing the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs would force both the legislative and executive branch to clearly debate and define any mission we engage in overseas. Our brave men and women in uniform, and all Americans, deserve nothing less.”

Congressman Kennedy has been a strong voice in favor of debate and repeal of these outdated AUMFs. He has consistently voted against the annual defense budget, under both Democratic and Republican Administrations, because of a lack of cohesive strategy for military engagement in current theaters of conflict.

To read his full letter, please click here.

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For Immediate Release:
January 6, 2020

Contact:
Dan Black (202) 225-5931