Senators introduced a bipartisan resolution on Jan. 8 saying the 2001 and 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) doesnt apply to a war with Iran.
Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced the resolution (pdf).
“The American people do not want another endless war in the Middle East—yet what weve seen in recent days is a president willing to make significant military decisions bringing us closer to war without consulting Congress or recognizing that our Constitution gives war making power to Congress, not the president,” Merkley said in a statement.
“Its time for the Senate to send a clear message: The cost of sending our sons and daughters into danger is too great for any one president to make a singlehanded decision to send our nation into war.”
“It is time for Congress to stop using previous AUMFs as an excuse to continue abdicating its constitutional responsibility on war,” Paul added in a statement. “We can take a major step toward reasserting our voice by making it clear the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs do not authorize war with Iran.”
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ed Markey, (D-Mass.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) co-sponsored the resolution, along with Democratic presidential contenders Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The resolution was introduced shortly after Congress received classified briefings from top officials in the Trump administration.
The resolution states: “Neither the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) nor the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107–243; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) may be interpreted as a statutory authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”