**Shaheen cosponsored the repeal of the 1991 and 2002 AUMFs**
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, issued the following statement on legislation that would repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF):
“One of the most solemn and significant Constitutional responsibilities of the U.S. Congress is to decide when to send American troops to war. It is also our responsibility to bring them home,” said Shaheen. “This long overdue measure is one I have supported for years. I am glad to cosponsor this legislation and look forward to its expeditious consideration in the House of Representatives. The decision to end these authorizations, which are two- and three-decades old, is about responding to our current national security environment so we can keep U.S. service members safe and be responsible with military capabilities and resources. We cannot respond to today’s challenges with yesterday’s policies.”
Shaheen has long supported the responsible repeal of the 1991 and 2002 AUMFs and is a cosponsor of the legislation which was voted out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month. This vote comes following the 20-year anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Congress has not used its constitutional authority to declare war since 1942, instead relying on broad authorizations of military force at the request of the President.