War Powers

Additional Information on the Federal Legislative Agenda, 116th Congress (2019-2020)

War Powers

Repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force – YES

Representative Lee of California introduced H.R.1274 to the House. There are several Massachusetts cosponsors. This Act would repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force, enacted in Sept. 2001 as a “broad and open-ended authorization for the use of military force” and recognizes that such an understanding of this law undermines Congress’ authority to declare war. Here is the press release from Rep. Lee on why the 2001 AUMF must be repealed. 

Afghan Service Act – YES

S.J.Res.12 was introduced by Senator Rand of Kentucky. It is a joint resolution to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, sunset the 2001 AUMF, and give U.S. service members who were deployed in support of the Global War on Terror a $2,500 bonus.

Repeal the 2002 Iraq War AUMF – YES

S.J.Res.13, sponsored by Senator Kaine of Virginia, has no Massachusetts sponsors or cosponsors. It is a joint resolution to repeal the authorization for use of military force against Iraq (the 2002 authorization and other) since this authorization is no longer necessary and should have a “clear political and legal conclusion.”

For more information on these issues, please refer to the following sources:

Reclaim Congressional War Powers

Trump ignored Congress on war powers. Constitutional scholars want Democrats to take him to court.” by Tara Golshan 

This website has more resources on the topic, in particular: Principles of a Progressive Foreign Policy for the United States, Congress Must Repeal the 2001 AUMF, and the Pentagon Waste Fact Sheet FY2019

Here is a link to regular updates on the legislative status and cosponsorship of these bills.