On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of US senators introduced legislation it would deprive President Joe Biden of the powers of war. If passed, the bill would repeal the 1991 authorizations for the use of military force in Iraq and the 2002 AUMF passed in the aftermath of 9/11.

This movement is led by Republican Senator Todd Young and Democratic Senator Tim Kaine.

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Senator Kaine: “Congress is responsible for… repealing old authorizations”

The effort comes after Biden’s recent order for the United States to launch airstrikes on Syria without congressional approval.

The Biden administration’s decision to launch the attack follows the bombing of an Iraqi military base that houses US troops.

Kaine, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday in a statement obtained by Politico“Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the executive, regardless of party, will continue to expand its war powers.”

“Congress has a responsibility not only to vote to authorize new military action, but also to repeal old authorizations that are no longer needed,” Kaine added.

Sen. Young: Congress must ‘fulfill its constitutionally mandated oversight role’

Senator Young told Politico: “Congress has operated on autopilot with respect to our essential duties to authorize the use of military force.”

“The fact that the authorities for these two wars are still law today illustrates the bipartisan failure of Congress to fulfill its constitutionally mandated oversight role,” added the Republican.

Co-sponsors of the bill include Democratic Reps Chris Coons and Tammy Duckworth as well as Republican Reps Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee and Rand Paul.

Kaine expressed frustration with Biden not seeking Congressional approval before.

Kaine said, “The American people deserve to hear the administration’s justification for these strikes and its legal justification for acting without coming to Congress.”

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“Offensive military action without Congressional approval is unconstitutional absent extraordinary circumstances. Congress must be promptly informed of this matter, ”Kaine added.

On US military responses, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “We will respond in a calculated manner, on our schedule and using a mix of seen and unseen tools.”

“What we will not do – and what we have seen in the past – is to attack us and risk an escalation that plays Iran’s game by further destabilizing Iraq,” he said. -she adds.

Psaki – and current Vice President Kamala Harris – have come under fire for their past comments that President Trump ordered strikes in Syria.

In 2017, Psaki demanded to know the legal justification for the strikes:

Harris made a similar note in 2018:

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