Maloney: House Must Vote to End “Endless” Wars
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today spoke on the House floor to urge all of her colleagues to join her in voting for Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s amendment to repeal the 2002 AUMF.
“I rise in strong support of the Lee Amendment, to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq.
“In 2002, this chamber voted to invade Iraq on what would later prove to be false and misleading intelligence provided by the Bush Administration.
“We removed Saddam Hussein, established a democratic government in Iraq, and declared a formal end to our mission in 2011.
“However, that 18-year-old authorization is now being used by the President escalate a conflict with Iran, a conflict that the American people strongly oppose, and one that Congress never authorized.
“The constitution states plainly that Congress shall have the power to declare war and peace.
“This amendment exercises that constitutional authority, reflects the will of the American people, and is the first step in finally bringing our endless wars to an end.
“I urge all my colleagues to support it. I yield back.”