WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting to pass legislation he cosponsored to repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) against Iraq:
“Congress has the significant responsibility to authorize when and where we send troops into battle. It’s in the Constitution.
“The Iraq war authorizations have far exceeded their lifespan, created risk of misuse by the previous administration.
“Today, after years of calling on Congress to act, I’m proud to be part of the bipartisan effort to repeal these endless AUMFs, take an important step to strengthen relationships with the people of Iraq, and put war powers back in the hands of Congress.”