March 08, 2023

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passage of AUMF Repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today applauded the passage of Senate bill S.316  legislation to repeal the 2002 and 1991 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF) – out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a vote of 13-8.

“I’ve been working toward this moment for twenty years,” said Rep. Lee. “We’ve built a diverse, bipartisan coalition in the House with H.R. 932 to finally get this done and repeal the 2002 AUMF. It’s time we finally ended our forever wars, and with the leadership of Chair Menendez, Senator Kaine, and Senator Young in the Senate, we are taking meaningful steps toward that. Once the Senate does their job, we’ll make inroads in the House and get it to President Biden’s desk for signature. We are well on our way.”

In the 117th Congress, the House of Representatives adopted H.R. 256, Congresswoman Lee’s legislation to repeal the 2002 AUMF, by a bipartisan vote of 268-161.  The Biden Administration issued a Statement of Administrative Policy in support of H.R. 256.


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She serves as Co-Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. She also serves as Chair of the Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. As a member of the Steering and Policy Committee, she is the highest ranking Black woman appointed to House Leadership.