1. Action Alert
  2. U.S. Wars & Militarism

Congress Can Repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF and Prevent Future Wars!

By Heather Brandon-Smith , October 18, 2019

In the next couple of weeks, Congress could take a major step to rein in the president’s authority to wage war around the world.

Repeal of the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF)—the law that authorized the U.S. military invasion of Iraq—is a part of the negotiations over the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Please contact your senators and representative one more time to urge them to keep the 2002 Iraq AUMF repeal in the final NDAA.

Repeal makes sense. The war against Iraq formally ended in 2011, and repeal of the 2002 Iraq AUMF will not impact any current military operations. But it would be a first step toward Congress reasserting its authority over when our country goes to war and would prevent the president from abusing this law to justify new wars.

Your voice now can make a difference. It’s time for Congress to exercise its constitutional authority over matters of war and peace.

Update A Repeal of the 2002 Iraq AUMF is Long Overdue 

On Sept. 10, FCNL joined 61 other groups from across the political spectrum to urge Congress to reassert its authority over war by repealing the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The 2002 Iraq AUMF is what allowed the U.S. to levy war against the Saddam Hussein regime. Now, 17 years after its enactment, it is long past time to put this law to rest.

Background The 2002 Iraq AUMF: What It Is and Why Congress Should Repeal It 

There are currently efforts in the House and the Senate to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Heather Brandon-Smith

  • Legislative Director, Militarism and Human Rights

Heather Brandon-Smith is FCNL’s Legislative Director for Militarism and Human Rights. Heather leads FCNL’s work to repeal the 2001 authorization for war, promote respect for human rights and international law, and reduce U.S. armed interventions around the world.