Biden Agrees His War Powers Should Be Removed

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden on Fri­day sig­naled sup­port to replace decades-old autho­riza­tions for the use of mil­i­tary force in the Mid­dle East, a lit­tle more than a week after he relied on the autho­riza­tions to car­ry out a retal­ia­to­ry airstrike against Iran­ian-backed mili­tia in east­ern Syria.

The Biden admin­is­tra­tion announced its posi­tion after a bipar­ti­san bill was intro­duced ear­li­er this week that would repeal the 1991 and 2002 autho­riza­tions for the wars in Iraq that pres­i­dents from both par­ties have relied on for legal jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to car­ry out strikes in the region.

White House press sec­re­tary Jen Psa­ki said Biden was com­mit­ted to work­ing with Con­gress to “ensure that the autho­riza­tions for the use of mil­i­tary force cur­rent­ly on the books are replaced with a nar­row and spe­cif­ic frame­work that will ensure we can pro­tect Amer­i­cans from ter­ror­ist threats while end­ing the for­ev­er wars.”


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