• GOP Senators Introduce 'End Endless Wars Act'

    June 12, 2023
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    Last week, a group of GOP senators introduced the End Endless Wars Act, which is a bill to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was passed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is still being used today.

    The measure was introduced by Republican Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Braun (R-IN), JD Vance (R-OH), and Mike Lee (R-UT). If the measure were to be passed, it would repeal the 2001 AUMF 180 days after its enactment.

    Senator Paul released a statement saying, "If there exists any desire to reclaim our Constitutional power and send a message to the world that we are a nation of peace, Congress should pass this bill and repeal the 2001 Authorization for war. After all, the 2001 AUMF never intended to authorize worldwide war, all the time, everywhere, forever."

    According to Senator Braun, no president should "have the authority to singlehandedly wage war" and called for Congress to "return this power to the people and repeal this authorization that has far outlived its purpose."

    Meanwhile, Senator Lee said that the AUMF has "become one of the many instruments of misuse, and it is time for members of Congress to end this authority that keeps us in endless wars."

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    Wars in Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and several other countries are all currently authorized under the 2001 AUMF. ZeroHedge has reported that there is a movement in Congress to repeal the 2002 AUMF that was used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq. However, that authorization is not actively being used, and repealing it would not end any current conflicts.

    Earlier this year in March, the Senate voted to repeal the 2002 AUMF and the 1991 AUMF that was used for the Gulf War. While repealing those AUMFs, Senator Paul attempted to add amendments to that legislation that would repeal the 2001 AUMF as well, but it failed with a vote of 9-86.

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    Jen Snow

    Jen Snow is a former paralegal turned freelance writer who has a passion for foreign affairs. When not writing, she can be found curled up with her dog and a good book or outside playing in the Florida sun.
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