06.29.17

Congresswoman Lee Statement on Passage of AUMF Amendment

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s amendment to repeal the 2001 AUMF passed the Appropriations Committee in a bipartisan vote.

This amendment would repeal the 2001 AUMF 240 days after enactment of the DOD Appropriations bill.

“At long last, I am pleased that my Democratic and Republican colleagues supported my effort to put an end to the overly broad blank check for war that is the 2001 AUMF. If passed into law as part of the DOD bill, it would repeal the 2001 AUMF eight months after enactment of this legislation. That would allow plenty of time for Congress to finally live up to its constitutional obligation to debate and vote on any new AUMF. It is far past time for Congress to do its job and for the Speaker to allow a debate and vote on this vital national security issue. I am glad that this amendment passed in a bipartisan manner and I look forward to continuing to work to finally have the debate and vote that our service members and our nation deserves.”

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