Veterans group urges lawmakers to support the repeal of the 2002 AUMF and to restrict offensive military action against Iran
ARLINGTON, Va.— Ahead of a House vote on amendments to H.R. 550 by Rep. Barbara Lee to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and by Rep. Rho Khanna to restrict funding for unauthorized offensive military action against Iran, Concerned Veterans for America Executive Director Nate Anderson issued the following statement:
“For over eighteen years, Congress has been missing in action while our nation has been at war. Repealing the outdated 2002 AUMF, originally drafted to authorize operations against the Saddam-era Iraqi government, is a critical step toward reasserting Congress’ proper role in shaping American foreign policy. Additionally, the United States should not conduct major offensive military operations without Congressional authorization, which is why we are urging Congress to pass Rep. Rho Khanna’s amendment as well. We support these efforts to energize Congressional oversight in matters of war and peace, and we urge Congress to take back its Constitutional responsibility by repealing the obsolete 2002 AUMF and supporting the Iran Use of Force Amendment.”
In July 2019, CVA launched a digital ad campaign thanking lawmakers for standing against endless war, praising lawmakers for voting to ensure proper Congressional input before any offensive military force against Iran.
Additionally, CVA has called for the repeal of the 2001 AUMF, a measure it says would be “a critical step toward ensuring that Congress reasserts itself in shaping American foreign policy.”
CVA and VoteVets, traditionally bitter rivals, joined forces in 2019 to end our endless wars. Setting the example for lawmakers and the administration, the groups have found common ground on this issue and have been working together in an effort to bring real, lasting policy change in Washington.
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