Senate Votes to Repeal “Zombie” War Authorizations

Senate sends the bill to the House that would formally end the war in Iraq.

The Senate voted to pass legislation repealing the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq. Though the war in Iraq informally concluded years ago, the authorizations are still technically in place and part of American law. This has led these two AUMFs to be referred to as “zombie” authorizations.

The passage of this repeal is seen as a reclamation of congressional authority over troops, which supporters of the repeal say have been improperly turned over to the executive branch in recent years. “This vote shows that Congress is prepared to call back our constitutional role in deciding how and when a nation goes to war, and also when it should end wars,” said Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, before the vote.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the House as they consider repealing the 1991 and 2002 AUMFs against Iraq.
  • That the two Congressional chambers push to work together to quickly craft effective legislation.
  • That President Biden strives to work harmoniously with America’s countless federal leaders.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill, NBC News


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