Joe Kennedy presses for war authorization repeal vote following Soleimani strike

Joe Kennedy presses for war authorization repeal vote following Soleimani strike
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Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedySens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' Budowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey The Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war MORE III (D-Mass.) on Monday pressed for an immediate House vote to repeal aging presidential war powers following President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE’s decision to forgo congressional input and launch a drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander.

In a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKamala Harris makes history — as a Westerner On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high McConnell: Time to restart coronavirus talks MORE (D-Calif.), Kennedy asked that the House take up legislation to repeal the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs). The 2001 AUMF authorized U.S. military force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks and any “associated forces,” while the 2002 authorization was meant to go after Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq.

Democrats have argued that the AUMFs have been used beyond their scope to justify military operations around the globe — including the Reaper drone strike ordered by Trump that killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad last week — and that they must be repealed and replaced with more tailored legislation.


Pelosi on Sunday told Democratic members that the House will vote on a “War Powers Resolution” mandating that the administration's military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days if no further congressional action is taken.

Kennedy, who is challenging Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Mass.) for his Senate seat, applauded Pelosi's decision in his letter, but also pressed for “an immediate debate and vote to repeal both the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs which have long outlived their original intent and facilitated endless war across the region.”

“A reckless Commander in Chief has led our nation to the threshold of yet another war without the approval of the United States Congress and the Americans we represent,” Kennedy said in a statement accompanying the letter.

“Immediately repealing the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs would force both the legislative and executive branch to clearly debate and define any mission we engage in overseas," he added. "Our brave men and women in uniform, and all Americans, deserve nothing less.”

The strike that killed Soleimani caught lawmakers in both parties by surprise, with top members of Congress, including Pelosi, saying they were not briefed until after it happened.

Democrats, in particular, have expressed anger over the lack of consultation and concern about potential retaliation against U.S. forces and allies.