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Foster Statement on Voting to Repeal the Outdated Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq

Jun 17, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after he voted to pass H.R. 256, which repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. This legislation ensures that this redundant and obsolete authorization can no longer be used for unrelated military operations, while not precluding our nation from defending our military and diplomatic personnel in Iraq.


"Today, I voted to repeal the AUMF Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. The Constitution makes clear that the power to declare war resides with Congress, and it’s time for Congress to stop abdicating its constitutional responsibility. This AUMF has been in place for nearly 20 years and three presidencies. It’s time to put a stop to endless undeclared war.”


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