This fall, we have an opportunity to make military families safer by repealing an outdated and irrelevant Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The 2002 Iraq AUMF is dangerous and allows a president to take military action without consulting congress.
We are mobilizing to urge the Senate to vote on the Kaine-Young Amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) process to repeal this outdated war authorization. Congress must reclaim its Constitutional war powers, and it starts by repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF. The bipartisan votes are there to pass this Amendment and we urge Majority Leader Schumer to schedule the vote!
Whether it is your first time calling Congress or you have your elected officials on speed dial, we have an Action Toolkit that makes it super simple to take action on this issue. The Action Toolkit includes:
- Important background information to help you learn about the 2002 AUMF.
- A script to take the guesswork out of calling Senate Majority Leader Schumer.
- Social media assets so you can easily spread the word.
Check out the 2002 Iraq War Repeal Action Toolkit here and join us in calling for the repeal of the 2002 AUMF to officially end the U.S. war against the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq.
2002 Iraq War AUMF
The 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was passed by Congress to authorize military force against Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq.
It states: “The President is authorized to use Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to – defend the national security of the United States against continuing threat posed by Iraq; and enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.”
Since its passage 20 years ago, Saddam Hussein was convicted and executed, the Iraq War was declared over and U.S. troops withdrew from the country. There is no justification for it remaining in effect.
Repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF is a common-sense step with broad bipartisan support. It’s critical that our leaders in Congress finally get this done and reclaim their Constitutional war powers.
SFI 2002 Iraq AUMF Resources
- 2002 Iraq War AUMF Repeal Action Toolkit & Social Media Graphics
- What to Know About the 2002 Iraq AUMF on Instagram / Facebook
- War Powers 101: Understanding AUMFs
- Joint OpEd: Honor veterans: Repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF
- Send a Letter to Schumer: Repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF
- Summary of Schumer Call to Action on Instagram / Facebook
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