Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

U.S. Senate War Powers Vote Now Delayed Until at Least July


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will not vote until at least July on a closely watched effort to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that allowed the war in Iraq, after Republican senators requested a public hearing and classified briefing.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee had been due to debate and vote on the repeal at a meeting on Tuesday, but its chairman, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, said he had arranged a briefing for committee members in July after the Republicans’ request.

“We will all have an opportunity to hear directly from the administration and to question State and Defense Department officials concerning the proposed repeal,” Menendez said during a committee meeting.

The House of Representatives has already approved the repeal, and President Joe Biden has said he supports it.


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