Senate Votes to Repeal Iraq War Authorizations

  • The Senate voted on Wednesday to advance a bill that would repeal the authorizations for combat operations in Iraq.
  • The measure to repeal the authorizations from 1991 and 2002 passed the Senate in a 66–30 vote with 18 Republicans and all present Democrats supporting the measure. It now heads to the GOP-controlled House where its future is uncertain. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) has said he is open to supporting a repeal after previously opposing it, according to the Associated Press.
  • Republican Senator Todd Young of Indiana and Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia led the effort to repeal the authorizations and argue that allowing them to remain intact invites an opportunity for “potential presidential misuse.”
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