House next week will vote to repeal 2002 Iraq war powers authority

House next week will vote to repeal 2002 Iraq war powers authority


The House next week will vote on a measure to repeal the 2002 law authorizing the president to use military force in Iraq after years of complaints by lawmakers that the authority is outdated and no longer needed.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Thursday that the House would take up Rep. Barbara Lee’s bill to claw back the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. Congress passed the law nearly two decades ago to give then-President George W. Bush the green light to launch U.S. military operations in Iraq, where it was believed Saddam Hussein was concealing weapons of mass destruction.

The House passed a similar measure in the last Congress, most recently by including it in a major defense bill, but it was later stripped out.

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The legislation now stands a much greater chance of success in part because the Senate is under the control of Democrats, and President Joe

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