Earlier this week, President Joe Biden spoke out in favor of Lee’s bill, becoming the first president to endorse the authorization.
In a statement, the White House noted that the United States “does not have ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as its national legal basis,” and that the withdrawal of the law “would likely have minimal impact on ongoing military operations. “
A steady cohort of Democrats and Republicans has pushed for decades to curb presidential war powers, but administrations from both parties have fiercely resisted such efforts. Instead, they expanded the use of military force by the commander-in-chief without congressional approval.
But reform supporters gained ground earlier this year, when Biden voiced support for their efforts to reclaim Congressional authority over the war powers.
Additionally, Biden pledged to work with lawmakers to replace the 2001 authorization with one better suited to current threats in the Middle East. The 2001 measure was adopted in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks and gave the president broad powers to use military force against terrorists in the region. Lee was the only member of the House to vote against.
Next week, Schumer said, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider a bill to repeal the 2002 and 1991 authorizations, the latter of which paved the way for US military action in Iraq during the First Gulf War. .