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 KennedyCongressional Black Caucus calls on CDC to report racial data The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill How campaigns are adapting to coronavirus MORE III (D-Mass.) on Monday pressed for an immediate House vote to repeal aging presidential war powers following President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos 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 PelosiTrip that led to acting Navy secretary's resignation cost 3K: reports Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans 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 Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad last week — and that they must be repealed and replaced with more tailored legislation.

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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 MarkeyFive things to watch as Wuhan emerges from coronavirus lockdown Hillicon Valley: Google bans Zoom from its work computers | Dem cautions White House against using surveillance to fight virus | Lawmakers push House leaders on remote voting Senate Democrat presses White House on reported coronavirus surveillance system efforts 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.