Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senator asks to be taken off Moore fundraising appeals Red state lawmakers find blue state piggy bank Prosecutors tell Paul to expect federal charges against attacker: report MORE (R-Ky.) and a bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq, which they say would formally end the war in Iraq if it were passed.

The AUMF was first passed in 2002, which launched a war that lasted nearly nine years. The last U.S. troops left the country at the end of 2011.

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"Two years ago, President Obama declared the war in Iraq over," Paul said Tuesday. "With the return of our troops and practical side of the mission concluded, I feel it is necessary to bring the war to an official and legal end.

"This bipartisan piece of legislation expressly preserves the President's authority to protect our embassy and personnel in Iraq, and ensures that our military involvement in Iraq is officially closed and that any future engagement will require Congressional authorization and support, as required by the Constitution."

Paul introduced the bill along with Sens. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenLobbying World Overnight Regulation: House to vote on repealing joint-employer rule | EPA won't say which areas don't meet Obama smog rule | Lawmakers urge regulators to reject Perry plan New tax plan will hinder care for older Americans MORE (D-Ore.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Senators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff CNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill MORE (D-N.Y.), who agreed it's time to formally end military activities in Iraq.

"Now that American troops have come home, it makes sense to bring this chapter in our nation's history to a close," Wyden said.

Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeWe will fight for our DREAMers House Democrat doubles down on calling Kelly 'extremist' over immigration Dem on John Kelly: Trump putting 'extremist' in White House MORE (D-Calif.) has introduced similar legislation in the House, along with five House Democrats.