The United States Senate has voted to repeal the resolution that gave a green light for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and to return a basic war power to Congress.
US Senate votes to repeal Iraq act, reclaim war powers
A majority of the US Senate has backed legislation to repeal two decades-old authorisations for past wars in Iraq, as Congress pushes to reassert its role over deciding whether to send troops into combat.
The Senate voted 66-30 in favour of legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 “Authorizations for the Use of Military Force,” or AUMFs, well above the 51 vote majority needed to pass the measure that would formally end the Gulf and Iraq wars.
To become law, the repeal of the two AUMFs, must still pass the Republican-led House of Representatives, where its prospects are less certain.
All of the votes against repeal in the Senate were from Republicans and the party’s leader in the chamber Mitch McConnell issued a statement opposing it.