Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced his support on Wednesday for repealing the 2002 war authorization for Iraq, vowing to hold a vote on scrapping the outdated measure later this year.
The announcement from Schumer (D-N.Y.) comes as the House is expected to pass Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-Calif.) bill on Thursday that would repeal the 2002 law, which served as the legal basis for several military operations in Iraq.
“The Iraq War has been over for nearly a decade. The authorization passed in 2002 is no longer necessary in 2021,” Schumer said Wednesday on the Senate floor.
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Lots of AUMF developments:
-Schumer says the Senate will vote on repealing the 2002 Iraq authorization
-Senate Foreign Relations considers Kaine-Young bill to repeal 2002 and 1991 Gulf War authorizations next week
-House votes to repeal 2002 AUMF tomorrow https://t.co/NVDO92eK0T
— Connor O’Brien (@connorobrienNH) June 16, 2021