İrem UZUN -TDO- Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are set to vote on Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force in Iraq and to block funds from being used to wage war with Iran, in an effort to curtail President Donald Trump's military actions in light of heightened tensions with Iran. Members previously passed both bills in the House's version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, but the language was stripped from the final version after negotiations with the Republican-held Senate. The effort gained new life after the Trump administration's decision to carry out a strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq in January.
The House passed a proposal to repeal the 2002 congressional authorization for the war in Iraq, as well as a plan to prevent tax dollars from being used to take military action against Iran without congressional approval. Repeal of the 2002 authorization was approved by a 236166 vote, while the funding measure on Iran passed 228-175. The actions follow a January 9 vote by the House asserting that President Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran.
Democrats said the three measures, taken together, would reassert Congress's constitutional authority in questions of war and peace and sending American forces into harm's way. "For far too long, Congress has been missing in action on matters of war and peace," said Democratic Representative Barbara Lee, who sponsored the measure repealing 2002 war authorization. She called the repeal vote long overdue. "It is time to end giving blank checks to any president to wage endless wars,'' she said.