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Earlier today the House of Representatives passed a bill repealing the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq, which now passes to the Senate. The House bill was approved by a vote of 268 to 161, with 49 Republicans voting alongside Democratic representatives. The full repeal of the AUMF would mean the White House having to gain new congressional approval for future military action in Iraq.

  • The White House has voiced its support for the bill, with the Office of Management and Budget stating earlier in the week that "the United States has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis, and repeal of the 2002 AUMF would likely have minimal impact on current military operations."
  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has stated that it is likely to advance its own plan to repeal the AUMF next week.
  • The AUMF has been used as justification for numerous air strikes and military actions in Iraq despite an official end to the Iraq war. Most notably, then-President Donald Trump used the AUMF as legal justification for the air strike in January 2020 that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.
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