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Senate passes AUMF repeal bill in historic vote

The Iraq Authorizations for Use of Military Force have been on the books for decades, leaving an opening for military action not recently voted on by Congress.  But those outdated and obsolete AUMFs are on their way out the door thanks to a Senate vote this week.  Senators voted 66-30 to repeal the 1991 and… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Wednesday, March 29th 2023

America’s military makes sacrifices during the holidays. Here’s what Congress can do to better honor them

While Americans were celebrating the holidays, many military families and friends were missing their loved ones deployed oversees. More than 20 years of continuous war have meant constant deployments and missed memories at home that can never be replaced CVA Senior Coalitions Advisor Jason Beardsley spent many holidays deployed, sacrificing special moments with his wife… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Thursday, January 5th 2023

Combat veteran shares true cost of war, what Congress can do to honor sacrifice

Jessica Villarreal knows the true cost of war. She and her husband deployed to the Middle East, bringing back injuries and illnesses they will carry for the rest of their lives. Jessica recently wrote in Stars and Stripes about her experiences and what war really means for those who serve: War is more than the… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Monday, November 21st 2022

We had the courage to go to war, Congress should have the courage to vote on it

Constitutional duty is never something Congress should view as an option. But when it comes to war powers, that is exactly what happens. In the last two decades, members of Congress have willingly ceded their responsibilities to make tough choices about military action and war, often choosing politics over duty. The military continues to operate… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Monday, February 10th 2020

Like Reps. Gaetz and Khanna have done, Congress needs to take control of war powers

As tensions between the United States and Iran continue to grow, it’s becoming clearer that Congress needs to take back its constitutional responsibilities around war and peace and rigorously debate where, when, and why we send troops into harm’s way. Concerned Veterans for America Senior Advisor Dan Caldwell recently wrote in The Hill that Congress… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Thursday, July 11th 2019

Senate Makes the Wrong Move on Iran Vote

Last week, the Senate voted down an amendment that would have reasserted Congress’ constitutional role in deciding where, when, and why Americans are sent to war. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall the amendment would have required that Congress authorize use of force against Iran before any military action could take place or any funds spent on military action unless Iran… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Monday, July 1st 2019

House Passes Amendment to Reclaim War Powers

This week, the House of Representatives voted to take back congressional control of war powers. The House Minibus Appropriations package, which included appropriations for the Department of Defense with an amendment from Rep. Barbara Lee to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). This amendment would eliminate the often-misinterpreted law that has… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Thursday, June 20th 2019