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Senate advances bipartisan repeal of military force authorizations used to fight Iraq

The Senate invoked cloture on the legislation in a 68-27 vote.

March 16, 2023 1:49pm

Updated: March 16, 2023 3:12pm

The Senate voted Thursday to advance a bipartisan repeal of the United States' military force authorization used to wage war against Iraq in 1991 and again in 2003.

The Senate invoked cloture on the legislation in a 68-27 vote, closing debate on the measure and likely bringing it up for a vote next week.

The legislation was introduced in February by Virginia Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine, with 21 Republican and Democratic cosponsors. The cosponsor list has since grown to 41.

The repeal, if passes, would repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, that Congress approved for the 2003 invasion, as well as the 1991 authorization for the first Gulf War, according to CBS News.

The Biden administration may not be supportive of the measure. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said last week that the U.S. military will continue to maintain its presence in Iraq. 

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