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Kaine Statement On Anniversary Of 2002 AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement sixteen years after the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the war against Iraq was signed into law:

“Sixteen years ago today, based on faulty intelligence, Congress authorized war against Iraq. Despite the brave service of U.S. troops, the war represented a massive failure by our political leaders. And yet the Iraq War authorization remains on the books. It’s time to repeal it.”

For years, Kaine has been the leading voice in Congress raising concerns over Presidents’ efforts to expand the use of military force without congressional authorization. He has introduced updated authorizations for the use of military force (AUMFs) to repeal the 2001 and 2002 authorizations, reassert Congress’ role in authorizing military action, and take away the blank check that multiple Presidents have used to fight wars across the globe.