Golden Votes to Repeal 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force, Calls for Further Action by Congress to Reclaim War Powers

June 17, 2021
Press Release
Following bipartisan efforts led by Golden earlier this year, House votes to repeal 2002 AUMF used to justify Iraq war

WASHINGTON — After voting to pass a repeal of the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) through the House today, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) called on his colleagues to continue to push for Congress to assert its Constitutional authority over war powers.

“Congress after Congress has been content to sit back while presidents of both parties send young Americans into battle without oversight or accountability to the public,” said Golden after the vote.“I’m glad to finally see bipartisan momentum to repeal the 2002 AUMF in both the House and the Senate, but taking this particular AUMF off the books is the bare minimum of our responsibility to the American people and to the Constitution. I call on my colleagues to keep up the pressure on leaders to repeal the 1991 Iraq AUMF and a 1957 Congressional Resolution for US military force in the Middle East, and most importantly update and replace the 2001 AUMF.”

Golden had previously called for the repeal of the 2002 AUMF and to debate changes to the 2001 AUMF in a bipartisan op-ed published in the Washington Post. He was also part of a bipartisan group that introduced legislation earlier this year to repeal AUMFs from 1957, 1991, and 2002.

You can read the legislation here.