Washington, DC — On the United States House of Representatives’ vote to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iran, Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director of Open The Government, issued the following statement:
“Today’s vote to repeal the Iraq AUMF is an important moment for the oversight of U.S. wars and constitutional checks and balances on war powers. America has engaged in endless and expanding wars since 2001, with overwhelming financial costs and loss of human lives. The stakes are too high for Congress to defer the decision on whether to go to war and for how long to the executive branch. The White House’s support of the repeal and its willingness to work with Congress on narrower war authorization bodes well for accountability by reining in the executive branch’s ability to declare and launch endless wars.
“A robust public debate in Congress must preface our nation’s use of military force, and lawmakers should ensure any new AUMF bill includes clear limits that inform Americans on the kind of war their government engages in and why.”