Sending Office: Lee (CA), Barbara
Cosponsors (46): Perlmutter, Tlaib, Grijalva, Takano, DeFazio, Khanna, Rush, Watson Coleman, Schakowsky, Beyer, Huffman, Pressley, Moore, Welch, Lowenthal, Beatty, Chu, Garcia, Norton, Clay, Pocan, Serrano, Schiff, Rice, Connolly, Hastings,
Horsford, Speier, Hayes, Espaillat, Evans, Escobar, Pingree, Sanchez, Blumenauer, Velazquez, Jackson Lee, Pascrell, Ocasio Cortez, Napolitano, Davis, Green, Kennedy, Levin, A., Bonamici, Levin, M.
I write to encourage you to become a cosponsor of my bill, H.R. 2456, to repeal the 2002 Iraq War Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which
the administration has said it may be using as congressional authorization to attack Iran.
The 2002 AUMF is not needed for any current counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda or ISIS because these operations are carried out under the 2001 AUMF, which I have long opposed. Congress passed the 2002 AUMF to address the perceived threat posed
by the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. military deployments and operations carried out pursuant to the 2002 AUMF – dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom – officially concluded in 2011. Eighteen years after the resolution’s passage, the United States recognizes the
sovereignty of Iraq and considers the Iraqi government a key ally.
That the administration is using the 2002 AUMF as the legal justification to take military action against Iran without coming to Congress demonstrates the dangers of leaving this overly broad AUMF on the books. Doing so would allow this administration and
future administrations to utilize it for military action Congress never intended to authorize.
Congress should make clear that the President must seek specific authorization from Congress for any use of force against Iran and that the 2002 AUMF does not apply to Iran. That is why I encourage you to cosponsor H.R. 2456, my bill to
repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force.
This summer, my amendment to repeal the 2002 AUMF passed in the House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in an overwhelming 242 bipartisan yes votes. Unfortunately, the amendment was stripped
from the final passage of the bill. H.R. 2456 is the same text as amendment #555.
Congress has the sole constitutional duty to declare war and authorize the use of force. Part of that responsibility is ensuring that authorizations do not remain on the books indefinitely, leaving them subject to uses far outside those Congress intended.
I urge you to protect against misuse by the Executive Branch and support H.R. 2456 to repeal the 2002 AUMF. The American people, our brave troops and allies deserve no less.
If you would like to become a cosponsor, please contact Samira Damavandi in Congresswoman Lee’s office at Samira.Damavandi@mail.house.gov or x5-2661.
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