Schumer: Time to repeal the Iraq war resolution

Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer Christie: Trump’s rhetoric on stolen elections led to January 6 attack Senate Republicans call on colleagues to reject public spending bills without border wall funding Schumer pressures Biden to take advantage of the oil reserves to reduce gas prices MORE (DN.Y.) says it will schedule a vote soon to repeal the 2002 Iraq war resolution, a proposal that has strong bipartisan support but has languished in Congress for years.

Schumer announced Tuesday after a meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus that he will act to fulfill his pledge to erase the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the books, so that President BidenJoe Biden Biden Reaffirms His Commitment To Taiwan’s ‘One China’ Policy In Call With Xi Biden Raises Human Rights With China’s Xi During Four-Hour Biden Meeting, Xi Holds ‘Candid’ Discussion Amid Highs tensions MORE or any future president would need a new congressional authorization to launch military operations in Iraq.

“It’s… my plan is to hold a vote on the 2002 Iraq AUMF repeal. I made a commitment to vote on it earlier this year before the end of the year and the time for that is now. The repeal of the AUMF is also bipartisan and I think we can get the votes we need to pass it, ”he said.

He noted that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) Menéndez Spending Bill Faces Senate Struggle Republicans Express Concern Over Biden’s Candidate for Ambassador to Germany Biden Sparks High-Stakes Struggle Over Spending Framework MORE (DN.J.) and the Republican Senator. Todd youngTodd Christopher Young Time to Give Medicare Beneficiaries the Opportunity and Option of Recovery at Home Medicare Beneficiaries Must Have the Option to Recover Safely at Home Senate Republicans Raise Concerns About Cyber ​​Directives from the TSA for rail and aviation MORE (Ind.) They are leading the bipartisan effort.

The planned vote is a great victory for the senator. Tim kaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine Congress moves toward year-end crash Senators urge federal investigation into handling of sexual assault allegations by Liberty University. (D-Va.), Who has been pushing for Congress to withdraw the war resolutions that were passed almost two decades ago under President George W. Bush at the start of the so-called Global War on Terrorism.

“If you leave a war authorization on the books when its purpose expires, I call it a zombie authorization. It is a legal authority that a president can take and use to justify military action and bypass Congress, ”Kaine said. “When the need for an authorization ends, we must withdraw it so that a future president does not use it to bypass Congress.

Schumer announced in a “Dear Colleague” letter that circulated over the weekend that the vote to repeal the Iraq war resolution would come on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the Senate will begin debating. on Wednesday.

“I made a commitment to vote on this proposal in 2021 and the NDAA is a logical place to vote,” Schumer wrote in his letter.

The vote on the repeal of the authorization for the use of military force would depend, however, on reaching an agreement with the Republicans to vote on the amendments.

Republican Senate Whip John thuneJohn Randolph Thune Republicans see Trump weakening as Democratic talking point Gingrich backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race Republican spending bill strategy: Get Democrats to take tough votes MORE (SD) predicted Tuesday that there would likely be Republican objections to allowing a vote on the repeal of the war authorization.

“I suspect there will be objections to that. I can’t imagine that we wouldn’t have some people in our … national security circles who would have no objections, ”he said.

Kaine said the timeline for finalizing the defense authorization bill “is not yet a bit clear.”

“The idea would be to try to finish the NDAA before Thanksgiving. It could be later this week, it could be Friday or Saturday, it could be early next week. But the idea would be to try to do the NDAA before Thanksgiving and it just depends on how quickly and how many amendments we can accept as we get to the latter part of this week, “he said.

Kaine explained that his amendment would revoke the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force against Iraq.

Biden announced in July that his administration would formally conclude all US combat operations in Iraq by the end of the year.

Jordain Carney contributed.

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