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Presidential War Powers and Endless Wars

District of Columbia
When: Thursday, February 25, 4:00 PM Eastern

For nearly two decades, the United States has relied on two congressional war authorizations—the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the 2002 Iraq AUMF—to serve as the legal basis for military operations against suspected terrorist groups abroad.

Despite significant congressional opposition to the executive branch’s continued expansion of the scope of the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs, some members of Congress have expressed concern that should these instruments be repealed, the president will be stripped of the ability to respond with military force to an actual or imminent attack against the United States. This is simply not the case.

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