A bipartisan group of senators Wednesday called for the repeal of presidential war powers granted by Congress in 1991 and 2002, which would revoke authorization for military force in the Middle East, as tensions rise between the U. S. and Iran.
Senators Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Todd Young, R-Ind., introduced legislation that would formally end congressional authorizations established during the Gulf and Iraq wars, to reaffirm Congress’ role in entering and ending wars.
The move comes after lawmakers were frustrated by President Biden’s unilateral call for airstrikes in Syria last week, against Iran-backed militant forces that had launched attacks on U. S. targets in Iraq.
The legislation was also introduced just hours after a military base housing U. S.-led coalition troops was targeted in Iraq.
"Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the Executive Branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its war powers," Kaine said in a statement Wednesday. "Congress has a responsibility to not only vote to authorize new military action, but to repeal old authorizations that are no longer necessary."
Democrats and Republicans have called for an end to the U. S.’s "forever wars," and seek to revoke the president’s ability to... (Read more)
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