Thursday, June 29, 2017
WASHINGTON — Win Without War Director Stephen Miles issued the following statement in response to the House Appropriations Committee adoption of Rep. Barbara Lee’s amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force:
Sixteen years ago, in the hours after the September 11th attacks, Congress provided a blank check to wage war around the world that has now been used by three Presidents. It is long past time that Congress do its job and have a debate and vote on America’s endless wars.
We applaud Rep. Barbara Lee’s leadership in this important issue. As the lone voice at the time warning of the 2001 AUMF’s expansive potential, it is fitting – and just – that today, it is Rep. Lee’s amendment that is finally canceling that blank check for endless war.
As Congress continues its consideration of the the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill, we strongly urge members to maintain this important provision and enact a repeal of the 2001 AUMF into law. The men and women elected to serve us have no more important duty than deciding whether to send the American military to war. This important legislation is the only way to finally force Congress to once again fulfill that solemn duty.