“Congress’ action to repeal these permissions will be a step towards Congress taking seriously its most solemn responsibility,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Who led the repeal effort alongside by Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.). “Allowing obsolete permissions to persist in perpetuity opens the prospect of serious abuse in the future. “
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reiterated Wednesday that he plans to bring the repeal measure to a Senate-wide vote later this year. According to a POLITICO tally, the bill is likely to get the 60 votes required to break the filibuster, with all 50 Democrats expected to vote for and several Republicans having already pledged to support it.
President Joe Biden has said he supports the repeal of obsolete authorizations and the House passed separate measures removing the AUMF from 1991 and 2002. Lawmakers said they expected the wording of the legislation be included in the must-see annual defense policy bill later this year.
While most senators agreed that the AUMF is no longer operational according to the current threat landscape, some Republicans have argued that their repeal would send a signal of weakness and leave the Commander-in-Chief without the necessary authorities to respond to future threats. , especially as the Taliban make significant gains in Afghanistan amid the US withdrawal.
“Here in the Senate, it is curious to see that some of our colleagues who are struggling the most to try to rescind authorizations for the use of military force are also among the quietest when it comes to the disaster unfolding in Afghanistan and the monitoring of ongoing conflicts, ”Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a speech on the ground on Wednesday.
GOP lawmakers also note the recent increase in attacks by Iranian-backed militias against U.S. troops in Iraq, and said getting rid of the 2002 AUMF in particular would needlessly hamper Biden’s ability to respond to the call. Iranian aggression. The president has invoked his Article II self-defense authority to order retaliatory strikes against these proxy forces at least twice, but Republicans urged him to respond with more force.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has said that while he supports the intent of the repeal measures, he believes Biden is “wielding a hard pivot towards Iran” as part of an effort to revive the Obama-era nuclear deal with Tehran, which Cruz and most Republicans oppose.
“The moment of this [AUMF repeal] does not make sense, except in the context of the negotiations currently taking place in Vienna, ”said Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), referring to the Biden administration’s indirect talks with Iran over the back in accordance with the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Cruz proposed an amendment in committee to clarify that the removal of Iraqi authorizations would not prevent the United States from retaliating against Iran. The amendment was defeated, with Democrats and some Republicans claiming it would effectively allow endless war with Iran.
Young warned that Cruz’s amendment would project an overly broad view of presidential power that “builds on past abuses” and “makes Congress and this committee irrelevant.” He also said that if it becomes necessary in the future, the committee should discuss a separate authorization for the use of military force against Iran.
“There is no longer a legitimate objective for the AUMF of 1991 or 2002,” said Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (DN.J.). “And the time has come for this committee to stop speculating and act responsibly.”