On May 15, 2018, a bipartisan group of 49 members of Congress sent a letter to Chairman Corker (TN) and Ranking Member Menendez (NJ) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee stating their opposition to the AUMF 2018. The letter was led by Representatives Barbara Lee (CA) and Walter Jones (SC).
On May 15, 2018, FCNL along with 23 other organizations sent a letter to Chairman Corker (TN) and Ranking Member Menendez (NJ) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opposing the new Authorization for Use of Military Force 2018.
Three Presidents have used the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force to justify unrestrained U.S. military action across the globe – effectively ceding Congress’ constitutional duty to decide where and when our country goes to war.
Washington, DC (May 17, 2018)—The Quaker lobby, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), today denounced the Senate’s vote to confirm Gina Haspel to serve as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The Iran nuclear deal successfully closed off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon and made the world safer. U.S. and Israeli security officials have attested that the deal with working and that Tehran has upheld its commitments.
The United States has engaged in dialogue and diplomacy with North Korea in the past to avoid war while securing vital national interests—as it did with the Soviet Union before that. It should do so again.
Three presidents have used the 2001 Authorization to justify unrestrained military action in the Middle East, Africa, and Indonesia -- at least 41 military engagements in 18 countries. Congress needs to cancel this blank check for war by repealing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.