The repeal was largely supported by Senate Democrats in an effort to lessen presidential war powers. The vote was 268 to 161 and will now head to the Senate. Photo: Tom Williams/Pool via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives moved to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which allowed President George W. Bush to go forward with his plans to invade Iraq following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The repeal was largely supported by House Democrats in an effort to lessen presidential war powers and after a vote of 268 to 161, it will now head to the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), explained why his party feels a repeal is necessary.

“It will eliminate the danger of a future administration reaching back into the legal dustbin to use it as a justification for military adventurism,” Schumer said.

In reaction to the legislation that would repeal the 2002 AUMF, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued the following statement expressing her reasoning for voting against its repeal.

“This repeal would send a message of weakness to our adversaries and allies alike. Repealing this AUMF could prevent the U.S. from taking necessary action to counter Iranian proxies’ malign behavior, eliminate dangerous terrorists like Qassem Soleimani, and counter ISIS.”

The Congresswoman concluded by stating that passing this repeal would leave America threatened by any foreign enemies.

“Any repeal that is not part of a comprehensive replacement providing adequate authority to combat terrorists or those who want to do our nation harm is a vote to leave America exposed to our enemies.”

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.