Despite this, nearly two decades after its original passage, the 2002 AUMF against Iraq is still inappropriately used by both Democrat and Republican administrations as a blank check to continue forever wars without consulting Congress.
Matters regarding war and peace are the most critical decisions that elected officials must consider. Congress has, however, routinely abdicated its constitutional responsibility in this area to the executive branch in matters of military force. The 2002 AUMF against Iraq has no sunset provision; it is the duty of Congress to vote to repeal the resolution and assert itself as a coequal branch of government.
It is irresponsible for Congress to authorize military force without providing any sunset provision. The consequences are a blank check to the executive branch that costs trillions of dollars and directly impacts the lives of millions of Americans.
Presidential administrations have used the 2002 AUMF far beyond the scope that Congress originally intended. Congress must push back against an ever-growing executive to reassert the legislative branch’s authority in matters of war and peace.
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