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Schumer says he will bring Iraq war authorization repeal to vote

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speak at the White House on April 30, 2019. Schumer said Wednesday he will bring a bill that repeals Iraq War authorization to a vote. File photo by Pat Benic/UPI
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speak at the White House on April 30, 2019. Schumer said Wednesday he will bring a bill that repeals Iraq War authorization to a vote. File photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

June 16 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday he will call a vote on repealing the 2002 war authorization with Iraq which led to the seven-year Iraq War.

The Iraq War was started under President George W. Bush in March 2003. The war led to the ouster of Saddam Hussein as the country's leader and was brought to a conclusion in 2011 under then-President Barack Obama.

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"The Iraq War has been over for nearly a decade," Schumer said Wednesday, per Politico. "The authorization passed in 2002 is no longer necessary in 2021."

The Biden administration said in a statement it supported a bill by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., that would withdraw war authorization.

"The United States has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 [authorization of the use of military force] as a domestic legal basis, and repeal of the 2002 AUMF would likely have minimal impact on current military operations," the White House said Monday.

The House voted last year to repeal the war authorization with a small number of Republicans signing on to the legislation.

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