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Update Hindsight is 2020, Repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF 

Eighteen years ago today, President Bush signed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq (2002 Iraq AUMF) into law.

Letter Bipartisan Coalition Urges Congress to Repeal 2002 Iraq AUMF 

Today, on the 18th anniversary of the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq (2002 Iraq AUMF), FCNL and a bipartisan coalition of advocacy groups called for repealing this outdated, unnecessary, and dangerous authorization.

Press Release Bipartisan Coalition Calls for an End to Iraq War Authorization 

Washington, DC – Today, on the 18th anniversary of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Force Against Iraq (AUMF) becoming law, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) sent a letter to Congress, signed by a broad, bipartisan coalition of advocacy groups, calling for the law’s repeal. The groups urged the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to preserve in the final version of the annual defense spending bill (the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2021) a House provision to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF.

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

Over the last two years, congressional support for repealing the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) has grown.

Update Oregon Is Burning, and Its Helicopters Are in Afghanistan 

Nearly one million acres of Oregon’s forests have burned since wildfires intensified on Labor Day.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Supports Global Peacebuilders’ Call to Re-Commit to Peace 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) today joined more than 170 peacebuilding organizations in an urgent call to action for global peace. The statement notes crisis responses that increase violence, injustice, and exclusion often worsen development losses and increase human suffering. Therefore, a focus on peace and justice must be at the heart of a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update 19 Years Ago, the 2001 AUMF Became Law. May This Anniversary Be Its Last. 

Another year, another anniversary of the blank check for endless war.

Update Progress Seems Impossible, Until It Isn’t 

Despite setbacks in the House and Senate FY21 defense authorization bill or NDAA, there are reasons to be hopeful.

Sometimes the mountain before us seems unscalable. But we persist in climbing it, and one day, we find ourselves at the peak.

Update Military Spending Continues to Spiral Out of Control Despite Progressive Efforts 

Early in 2017, in the first months of the Trump administration, Congress increased Pentagon spending by $15 billion over the levels of the outgoing Obama administration. The total—$634 billion— was more in inflation-adjusted terms than the United States spent at the height of the Vietnam War.

Update Three Wins in the House for Congressional War Powers 

On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee took three important steps towards ending our endless wars and preventing a new war with Iran.

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