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Progress to Limit Military Authorization

Published: March 24, 2023


For years, Friends Committee on Legislation – through the work of our local Advocacy Teams – has lobbied Congress to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq (2002 Iraq AUMF). Last week, a bipartisan bill from Sens. Tim Kaine (VA) and Todd Young (IN) to repeal this outdated war authorization cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate. The bill would also repeal another AUMF from 1991.

By an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 68-27, senators agreed to advance the bill to a full debate on the Senate floor. Right now, the Senate is debating this bill and it is expected to pass either later this week or early next week. If passed, it would be the first time the Senate has voted to repeal a war authorization in decades.

Our advocacy played a critical role in getting lawmakers to this point, and the progress happening right now is a testament to our persistent lobbying for peace.

Click here to read NPR coverage of this action in the Senate.

from Sarah Freeman-Woolpert, Friends Committee on National Legislation (3/23/2023)