Bill to Repeal Authority for Use of Military Force
February 26, 2013 • 11:30AM

-On January 4, 2013, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced HR 198, the Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Act. Its single goal is to "repeal Public Law 107-40, the Authorization for Use of Military Force," enacted in the panic-stricken days following the Sept. 11, 2011 British-Saudi attack on the U.S.

As the bill's short synopsis states, "Congress finds that the Authorization for Use of Military Force ... signed into law on September 18, 2001, has been used to justify a broad and open-ended authorization for the use of military force and such an interpretation is inconsistent with the authority of Congress to declare war and make all laws for executing powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States."

The bill has four Democratic co-sponsors, John Conyers (MI); Donna Edwards (MD), Keith Ellison (MN), and Raul Grijalva (AZ), and one Republican: Walter Jones of North Carolina.