1. Legislative Ask
  2. U.S. Wars & Militarism

Repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force


Three Presidents have used the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force to justify unrestrained military action across the globe -- from the Middle East, to Africa, to Indonesia -- largely ceding Congress’ constitutional duty to decide where and when our country goes to war.

As a Quaker organization, we oppose all war. Congress should repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs. We are particularly concerned about any new authorizations that do not include the following components:

Take bipartisan action to repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs without enacting another authorization for endless war.

  • Repeal of the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs: Both have been used to justify military action worldwide with little Congressional oversight.

  • Sunset clause: An end date provides regular oversight and will prevent endless war.

  • Clear definition of associated forces/persons: Without a clear definition, the administration can label new groups as ‘associated forces,’ expanding war without consulting Congress.

  • Language on detention: Detention at Guantanamo Bay must be explicitly prohibited.

  • Geographic restrictions: This language protects Congressional oversight and Congress’ power to decide where the U.S. goes to war.

  • Restrictions on ground troops: No ground troops may be used without explicit Congressional approval.

FCNL Contact: Emmet Hollingshead, EHollingshead@fcnl.org

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