Heritage Action Calls on Senate to Pass 1991 and 2002 AUMF Repeals and Urges House Consideration

Press Releases · Mar 16, 2023

WASHINGTON – Heritage Action, a conservative grassroots organization with two million grassroots activists, released a statement from Executive Director Jessica Anderson calling on the Senate to pass legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs).

“Senators will soon vote on legislation that will repeal the outdated authorizations of military force and reestablish Congress’s constitutional role in exercising its war authority power. Over the last several decades, Congress has allowed the executive branch to have nearly unchecked powers and unlimited authorities to act when it comes to the use of military force abroad. This constitutional reset would put Congress back in the drivers’ seat and force lawmakers to regain the muscle memory necessary to carry out its war powers and authorize military force in the future, which is especially important with the rising threat from adversaries like China, Russia, and North Korea.

Repealing these authorizations will not threaten peace in the Middle East or threaten ongoing U.S. military operations critical for national security. The 1991 and 2002 AUMFs are outdated authorizations that deal with U.S. forces against Iraq and their purpose was fulfilled years ago. Senators must remember that, when necessary, the President will still be able to rely on the 2001 AUMF, which is the primary authority for any ongoing operations dealing with al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, or associated forces. If additional authorities are needed to deal with threats from Iran-backed forces, Congress should debate these authorities and authorize them separately rather than relying on these unrelated AUMFs.

Senators must commit to passing this sound policy that will reestablish an important congressional role in national security and take the steps necessary for long-term military strength and security. The House should follow the Senate’s lead and immediately consider this legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 AUMFs.”