Schakowsky Statement on House Vote to Repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF Resolution

January 30, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement following the vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force:

“Today, I voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq because we cannot allow this, or any future President, to drag us into a war that Congress never intended to authorize. The Legislative Branch of government has the sole Constitutional authority to declare war, and the President must heed the will of the American people, represented by Congress, before engaging in any offensive military actions. The repeal of the 2002 AUMF will stop the Executive Branch of government from skirting the Constitution when it comes to matters of war and our national security.

“Congress passed the 2002 Iraq AUMF to authorize the war against Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. I voted against that resolution. Saddam Hussein has been dead for over a decade, Iraq is now a fledgling democracy, and the Trump Administration concedes there are no ongoing military operations that independently rely on the legal authority provided by the 2002 AUMF.

“It is Congress’s constitutional duty to determine whether and when the United States chooses war, not this reckless President’s. I will continue speaking out and voting against unjustified war and work to prevent any further escalation and violence in Iraq or Iran.”