Allred Votes to Repeal 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement after voting to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).
“Earlier this month, I announced that 11 students from Texas’ 32nd Congressional District received appointments to our nation’s service academies; those young people, and countless others who are serving our nation, were not even born when this resolution was adopted,” said Allred. “I have long believed that Congress needs to reassert its power to declare war on behalf of the American people, so that no president, regardless of their party, could unilaterally send troops to war. Today’s vote was a long overdue step towards reclaiming some of that authority and I am glad the House passed it with bipartisan support.”
The bill, which would repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, passed the House with bipartisan support. Allred voted for its passage out of the Foreign Affairs committee in March. This legislation garnered support from a broad spectrum of organizations including the National Council of Churches, the ACLU, Concerned Veterans for America and Human Rights First.