Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that the Senate will vote to repeal two decades-old measures giving open-ended approval for military action in Iraq, AP reports.
This announcement is raising the hopes of a bipartisan group of senators who want to reclaim congressional powers over U.S. military strikes and deployments.
The vote, which would come after consideration in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, could take place just before the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. It would repeal the 2002 measure that greenlighted that March 2003 invasion, along with a separate 1991 measure that sanctioned the U.S.-led Gulf War to expel Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait.
“Every year we keep this authorization to use military force on the books is another chance for a future president to abuse or misuse it,” Schumer said.
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