Washington, D.C. — Today, Senator Ted Budd (R-NC) released a statement after voting to repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF) against Iraq.
Senator Budd said in a statement:
“Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women of the armed forces who served in Iraq. Repeal of these AUMFs sends a clear signal from Congress that America’s wars in the Middle East are over and we should now focus on the threat posed by China.”
The 1991 Gulf War AUMF authorized the President to implement a series of United Nations Security Council Resolutions calling for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait. The 2002 AUMF authorized the President to use force to: “(1) defend U.S. national security against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and (2) enforce all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq,” which includes all resolutions cited in the 1991 AUMF. A coalition led by U.S. forces expelled Iraq from Kuwait in 1991. After U.S. forces again deployed to Iraq in 2003, the Saddam Hussein regime was destroyed, a democratic government was elected, and the U.S. formally withdrew in 2011.