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Congress to debate US president’s war powers


Congress to debate US president’s war powers

Washington, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) The Lower House of the Congress of the United States will vote a bill on Thursday to revoke the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which allowed the aggression against Iraq in 2002, and support for the president's war powers.

The legislation, considered obsolete by most of congress people, authorized President George W. Bush to invade Iraq, but according to The New York Times, it was applied repeatedly beyond its original intention.

It was even brought forward to convey a certain shade of legality within the United States to a subsequent campaign against the Islamic State and to justify the assassination of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani in Iraq last year.

On Wednesday, Senate Democrat Majority leader Charles Schumer promised to reconsider the subject matter, and pointed out that the war in Iraq ended nearly a decade ago and the authorization passed in 2002 is no longer needed in 2021.

According to The Hill, Schumer´s support brings an important drive to the abrogation of the bill, after years-long stagnation to abolish it or impose new restrictions on a president´s war authority.

Schumer´s statement on the limitation of presidential war powers came when the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee announced on the same day that it will vote a bill next week with such purposes presented by legislators Tim Kaine (D) and Todd Young (R).


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