Eshoo Statement on Vote to Repeal 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq

June 17, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq.

“Today I voted to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF and restore Congress’ war powers authority under Article I of the Constitution. This atrocity was granted 20 years ago and the Iraq war ended 10 years ago, yet the blank check remains in place. I voted against the 2002 AUMF and to this day believe the Iraq War was one of the worst foreign policy disasters in U.S. history, claiming countless lives and costing trillions of dollars. By allowing the AUMF to remain on the books 10 years after the Iraq War ended, we run the risk that administrations will misuse it to justify future military action. I’m pleased this legislation is supported by the Biden Administration and I’m hopeful it will be signed into law soon.”