Larson Calls for Renewed Authorization of Use of Military Force
Washington, D.C. – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement upon his call for a renewed Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) to be passed in Congress.
“It has been 16 years since the two standing Authorization of Use of Military Forces (AUMF) were passed in Congress. Our military has been engaged in the longest running war in American history in Afghanistan, and our troops continue to fight Al Qaida and its affiliates around the world, many of which did not exist over a decade ago. The mission has clearly changed over time and nearly two thirds of the current members of Congress were not in office since the last two authorizations were put in place. However, the authorizations are still being loosely interpreted to deploy our men and women in all corners of the world. While the commitment of our military is unquestionable, the Administration and the United States Congress owe them a clear direction before sending them into harm’s way. As the Commander in Chief, the President has an obligation to his troops to update the mission and ask Congress for a more fitting AUMF. I am encouraged by the bipartisan momentum behind Senator Tim Kaine and Senator Jeff Flake’s proposal, and I will be introducing similar legislation to provide more clarity, direction and legal authority for our military engagements. This will send an important message to our friends and enemies abroad that we are united in our resolve. It has taken far too long for Congress to renew an AUMF and we owe it to our fighting few and their families to do so”, said Larson.