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Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Repeal the 2002 Authorization of Military Force in Iraq

January 30, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today made the following statement on his vote to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF):

“The 2002 AUMF was passed before I was elected to Congress, and one of the pillars of my first campaign was opposition to the Iraq War. This war continues today. We have servicemembers being deployed to the Middle East to fight wars that were started before they were even born. This AUMF has been used by both Democratic and Republican presidents as a blank check to go to war without Congressional authority. It is time to stop these endless wars by repealing this outdated legislation,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “After the recent Iran debacle, it’s clear this president has no qualms about dragging us into war whenever he sees fit. We should be ending the wars we’re fighting, not starting new ones.”

Congress passed the 2002 AUMF to address the perceived threat posed by the regime of Saddam Hussein.  It permits the President to use the armed forces as “necessary and appropriate” to “defend U.S. national security against the continuing threat posed by Iraq” and to “enforce all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.” U.S. military deployments and operations carried out pursuant to the 2002 AUMF – dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom – officially concluded in 2011.  Almost 18 years after the resolution’s passage, the United States recognizes the sovereignty of Iraq and considers Iraq a key ally.

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