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Legislative Ask No More Blank Check for War 

Congress Must Decide When the U.S. Goes to War

Since 9/11, three U.S. presidents have used the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the 2002 Iraq AUMF to justify U.S. military action across the globe without congressional approval. According to public records, the 2001 AUMF has been used to justify 41 military operations in 19 countries.

Support FCNL With Your Help, Peace is Possible 

For the past 75 years, FCNL has faithfully worked to prevent and oppose war, and seek peaceful solutions to conflict. From supporting peacebuilding training for State Department employees to opposing congressional blank checks for war, FCNL is pursuing a range of strategies to advance a more ethical and effective foreign policy.

Event Listen to the Recording: Let’s Talk Climate Solutions with Rep. Costello  

Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) has been key to the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s work to foster bipartisan climate change action in Congress. On May 22, he joined FCNL advocates for a special climate briefing.

Update One Small Step for the House, One Giant Leap for Peace 

On May 21, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) after 240 days. This is the most significant vote yet in favor of repealing the legislation that started the United States’ so-called “forever wars.”

Statement Diane Randall: Today we renew our commitment to fully repeal the 2001 AUMF and bring an end to endless wars. 

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) has kept the United States and much of the world in a perpetual state of war for nearly 18 years. On May 22, members of Congress and advocates participated in a press conference to call on Congress to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), prevent war with Iran, and reassert Congress's constitutional authority on matters of war and peace.

FCNL in the News New Legislation Offers Opportunity to Address 2001 Authorization for Use of Force, Amid Fears of War with Iran 

The amendment to must-pass legislation would let Congress wrest greater control over its authorization for war under this and future presidents.

What We're Reading on AUMF Repeal 

We’ve assembled articles to offer you important context and perspectives on how the AUMF has been stretched far beyond congressional intent, and ongoing efforts to end endless war.

Update Honoring Senator Richard Lugar's Legacy 

Richard Lugar was laid to rest last week in his home state of Indiana.

Statement FCNL Urges Judiciary Members to Pass Inclusive Legislation for Dreamers, TPS Recipients 

The House Judiciary Committee is marking up legislation outlining a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS recipients, and DED holders, all of whom are at risk of deportation pending cancellation of their protections.

Press Release AUMF Repeal A Step Forward for Peace 

Washington, DC – Today, the House Appropriations Committee voted for an amendment from Representative Barbara Lee (CA) to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Designed to take effect after eight months, the Congress would need to pass a new AUMF or the Administration would need to remove American military personnel from current wars during that timeframe.

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