Congress Passes Iraq War Authorization Revocation Act
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on Wednesday to revoke authorizations related to the Iraq war, which is considered a new step by the US Congress aimed at curbing the president’s powers.
And the American newspaper (The Hill) reported on its website, that the committee voted by 14 votes to 8 to pass a bill presented by representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties, which would invalidate the 2002 authorization that allowed the use of military force in Iraq, as well as the 1991 authorization. Which was ratification of the Gulf War.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, one of the bill’s authors, said the mandates supported military action to counter malign activities in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, adding that the mandates were deemed unnecessary more than a decade ago when Saddam Hussein’s rule was overthrown and executed and a new government formed.
He continued, “The Congress of both parties has abdicated its responsibility with regard to the power to declare war, and has allowed presidents of both parties to act unilaterally in this regard.”
It is worth noting that the step to revoke the two mandates has gained momentum during the last period since US President Joe Biden declared air strikes on Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq during the months of February and June.