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US lawmakers from the Democratic Party will start working within weeks on legislation to amend the mandate for the use of military force that presidents from both parties have used for decades to justify attacks on targets abroad.

Rep. Gregory Meeks said Friday that The Foreign Affairs Committee, which he chairs in the House of Representatives, will begin to discuss the abolition of the “mandate to use military force” that allowed for the war in Iraq in 2002. “I intend to prepare legislation in the Foreign Affairs Committee in the coming weeks to cancel it (the mandate),” Mix said in a video conference with a group of Democratic representatives.

Senators are also seeking to restore power The declaration of war to Congress from the White House.

In the wake of air strikes in Syria ordered by President Joe Biden, a bipartisan group on March 3 introduced legislation to repeal the mandate to use military force in Iraq in 2002 and another mandate approved In 1991

The House of Representatives approved last year to revoke the mandate to use military force in 2002, but the measure did not win the approval of the Senate, which was dominated by Republicans at the time.


The Constitution grants the power to declare war to Congress, not to the President. This authority changed after Congress approved permits for “the use of military force” that do not expire by a specified date, in decisions related to Iraq and in authorizing the war against Al Qaeda in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Representative Barbara Lee said. At the press conference, the “mandate to use military force” was used more than 40 times to justify attacks in 19 countries. She added, “The time has come for us to end these never-ending wars.”

And Adam Schiff, head of the House Intelligence Committee, said that any new mandate should bear a specific date and apply to specific countries and should be consulted with Congress about it.

The White House had said a few days ago that President Joe Biden believes that legislation for “authorizing the use of military force” should be reviewed.

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