Win Without War

Tell Congress to repeal outdated war powers!

It takes action from Congress for the United States to go to war. And it also takes action from Congress to end it. The ‘91 and ‘02 AUMFs have been used by successive administrations to justify numerous interventions and drone strikes around the world. For over 30 years, presidents have been waging war with zero oversight.

After decades of unrelenting grassroots activism, we find ourselves at the precipice of a major legislative victory for our antiwar movement. Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bipartisan bill to repeal both the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq resolutions. And now, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has indicated he will take concrete steps to advance this bill in the Senate. That means this bill could come to a full Senate vote as soon as next week.

This could be our defining moment to end endless wars, but only if we act right now to seize it. That’s why we’re sending a petition to Congress right now to push this repeal through. Intense public pressure at this critical hour could force the Senate to push through the repeal and force the House to take up the bill as soon as possible. So please, sign now and tell Congress to repeal the outdated war authorities!

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To members of the 118th Congress:

I urge you to repeal both the 1991 and 2002 AUMFs immediately. For too long, the United States has been engaged in wars that have no end in sight. In 1991, the United States Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, leading to the Gulf War. Then in 2002, Congress passed another AUMF again allowing for the use of force against Iraq.

These AUMFs are vague and overly broad. By granting president after president the authority to use military force without any specific time or geographic limits, Congress has left the door to an era of endless war wide open.

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq on March 20, we are reminded of the urgent need to prevent future conflicts. One thing is clear: It’s time to close the door on an era of endless war. 


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