Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement in support of Senators Kaine and Young’s push to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002:
“I applaud Senators Kaine and Young for their enduring commitment to closing this long and incredibly costly chapter in US history by again introducing legislation to repeal the Authorization of Use of Military Force in Iraq. I strongly support repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF and have supported this for many years. I will work with Sens. Kaine and Young to move this bipartisan legislation to the Senate floor soon, so that the Senate can pass it quickly.
“The Iraq war has been over for more than a decade. Saddam Hussein is no longer around; his regime has long been removed.
“Every year we keep this authorization to use military force on the books is another chance for a future President to abuse or misuse it. War powers belong squarely in the hands of Congress, and that implies that we have a responsibility to prevent future presidents from hijacking this AUMF to bumble us into a new war.
“I’m glad that this effort has been bipartisan and bicameral. Americans are tired of endless wars in the Middle East.
“It’s past time to repeal the Iraq AUMF and formally bring to an end the war in Iraq.”