Rep. Maloney Urges Colleagues to End Forever Wars, Repeal the 2002 AUMF
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) this week again called for the repeal of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq (AUMF). The Congresswoman spoke on the House floor ahead of today’s vote on H.R. 256, Repealing the AUMF Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, urging all of her colleagues to join her in voting “to repeal the AUMF and exercise Congress’s constitutional authority to declare war and peace.”
During her remarks, the Congresswoman argued, “[w]e must repeal this 19-year-old authorization that has been used and abused to justify expansive military actions across the globe.”
You can watch the Congresswoman’s floor speech and read a transcript below.
“Madam Speaker, I rise today to urge all my colleagues to join me in voting for H.R. 256, Congresswoman Lee’s legislation to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq (AUMF).
“In 2002, Congress voted to authorize the use of force against Iraq based on what would later prove to be false, baseless, and misleading intelligence provided by the Bush Administration.
“A year later, Saddam Hussein was overthrown, a democratic government was established, and finally, in 2011, a formal declaration of the end of our mission was announced. But 10 years later, this authorization for the use of force remains on the books.
“We must repeal this 19-year-old authorization that has been used and abused to justify expansive military actions across the globe.
“If we are serious about preventing forever wars, we must repeal the AUMF and exercise Congress’s constitutional authority to declare war and peace.
“I urge my colleagues to vote yes on this important legislation.”
Congress passed the AUMF Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 in October 2002 to address the perceived threat posed by the regime of Saddam Hussein. It permitted the President to use the armed forces as “necessary and appropriate” to “defend U.S. national security against the continuing threat posed by Iraq” and “to enforce all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.” The U.S. war in Iraq then began on March 20, 2003, when the United States launched a bombing campaign in Iraq. By April 9, 2003, Baghdad had fallen and Saddam Hussein’s tenure as the leader of Iraq had ended. Hussein was captured and executed in 2006.
The U.S. war in Iraq then ended in December 2011, nearly 10 years ago, when the formal end to U.S. military operations in Iraq – dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom – occurred.