Today, the GOP-led House Appropriations Committee did something historic. They approved an amendment from Representative Lee that, if passed, would sunset the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

The AUMF has been used by the United States over the past 16 years to authorize more than 37 military actions in 14 countries.

If passed, this amendment would repeal the AUMF within 240 days and apply “with respect to each operation or other action that is being carried out pursuant to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force initiated before such effective date”.

Our endless wars could end. We could stop sending troops into wars without a debate on an exit strategy for those wars. We could stop crippling our domestic economy to pay for the destruction of the Middle East. We could win, and today, we found out we could win with bipartisan support.

The next step for the appropriations bill is a House floor vote, which means our next step is to tell our Representatives to join Congresswoman Lee and repeal the AUMF.

Please write to your Congressional Representative using this link, and then call, and make your voice heard. You can call 202-224-4151 and follow the prompts to be connected to your House Representative’s office. When connected say:

“My name is ______ and I am a constituent. I’m calling to ask my Representative to support Congresswoman Lee’s amendment to the NDAA, to sunset the 2001 AUMF. It’s time for Congress to take back its Constitutional responsibility to oversee and declare wars, and to have a debate on our military operations abroad.”

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