Today, the House passed a resolution to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the following statement.
“I have always supported U.S. efforts to prosecute the global war on terror. I supported our previous efforts to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan and the insurgent forces in Iraq. But it’s been 20 years now, and we have reached a point where the America people want to know there’s a light at the end of this long and violent tunnel.
“The president should, and does, have all of the authority necessary to protect U.S. interests around the world. I would never seek to diminish that authority. Repealing this specific authorization does not preclude the president from protecting our interests. Other AUMF authorities remain in effect.
“Congress is a co-equal branch of government. This is a vital chance for us to reclaim some of our ability to determine how, when, and where we send our military forces into combat.”