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ACTION ALERT: Stop Endless War, Pass the WARD Act!


June 19, 2014

This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee will offer amendments to the defense spending bill to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq and the 2001 blank check for war. Join our 100,000+ activists for peace supporting an end to the AUMF at StopEndlessWar.com.

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(June 18, 2014) -- This week, our champion for peace, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, will offer amendments to the defense spending bill to repeal the authorization for the use of military force in Iraq and the 2001 blank check for war. Join our 100,000+ activists for peace supporting an end to the AUMF at StopEndlessWar.com.

THE PETITION
We, the undersigned, say it’s time to pass the War Authorization Review and Determination Act. We want to stop endless war.

Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13] (Introduced May 8, 2014).
Cosponsors: 18
Latest Action: May 8, 2014 -- Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

On September 14, 2001, in the fog of 9/11, Congress voted to give the President expanded war powers. These powers made it much easier for any President to engage in acts of war. Since that fateful day, thousands of American troops and many innocent civilians have lost their lives based on the overly broad authorization for force which functions as a blank check for war without end.

If you’re outraged by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, drone strikes and warrantless wiretapping, we can help stop them if we repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Barbara Lee and other members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, have introduced the War Authorization Review and Determination Act.
Our goal is to obtain 150,000 citizen co-sponsors. Sign the petition now.

The latest spate of violence in Iraq has the President and many members of Congress again contemplating military action. We've been through this before and the American people have spoken -- to stop endless war, at some point we must stand down. To this end, I’m offering amendments to the defense spending bill this week to repeal the authorization for military action in Iraq and the 2001 blank check for war.

We’re going to get our vote!

Let’s make sure Congress hears our voice. Make sure to sign the petition at StopEndlessWar.com, and, if you’ve already signed, forward this email to friends or share the petition on Facebook and Twitter.
Together, we can #StopEndlessWar!



Ever since Barbara was the lone vote against the AUMF on September 14, 2001, she’s fought against what it means for American foreign policy: endless war. We’re closer than ever to stopping it. The Tea Party, progressives and moderates all support stopping endless war and when we get a clean vote, we can pass it.



Before the vote, make your voice heard. Sign our petition at StopEndlessWar.com, and, together, we can end the AUMF once and for all!



Thanks so much for your continued help and support.





http://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/hr4608/BILLS-113hr4608ih.xml
113th CONGRESS
2d Session
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H. R. 4608

To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force, and for other purposes.

(May 8, 2014) -- Ms. Lee of California (for herself, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Massie, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Stockman, Mr. Yoho, Mr. Jones, Mr. Amash, Mr. Posey, Mr. Conyers, and Mr. Ellison) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

A BILL
To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “War Authorization Review and Determination Act” or “WARD Act”.

SEC. 2. REPORT TO CONGRESS.
(a) In General.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to Congress, in writing, a report setting forth each operation or other action that is being carried out pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) as of the date of the submission of the report.
(b) Form.—The report shall be submitted in unclassified form but may contain a classified annex as appropriate.

SEC. 3. OPERATIONS AND OTHER ACTIONS UNDER AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE.
(a) In General.—Within 60 days after a report is submitted pursuant to section 2(a), the President shall terminate each operation or other action described in the report, unless a joint resolution described in subsection (b) with respect to the operation or other action is enacted into law in accordance with such subsection.
(b) Joint Resolution Described.—

(1) IN GENERAL.
—For purposes of this section, a joint resolution referred to in subsection (a) is a joint resolution of the two Houses of Congress, which does not contain a preamble, and the sole matter after the resolving clause of which is as follows: “That Congress approves the ____ as contained in the report submitted to Congress pursuant to section 2(a) of the War Authorization Review and Determination Act on _____.” with the first blank space being filled with a description of the applicable operation (or operations) or other action (or other actions) and the second blank space being filled with the appropriate date.

(2) EXPEDITED CONGRESSIONAL PROCEDURES.
—The provisions of section 6 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1545) shall apply to a joint resolution described in paragraph (1) to the same extent as such section 6 applies to a joint resolution or bill under that section.

SEC. 4. REPEAL OF AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE.
(a) In General.—The Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) is hereby repealed.
(b) Effective Date.
—The repeal contained in subsection (a)—
(1) takes effect on the date that is 240 days after the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(2) applies with respect to each operation or other action that is being carried out pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force initiated before such effective date.

SEC. 5. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.
(a) In General.
—Nothing in this Act—
(1) shall be construed as limiting or prohibiting any authority of the President under any provision of law other than the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note); or

(2) shall be construed as limiting or prohibiting any authority of the President to respond to, or to prevent imminent attacks, on the United States, its territorial possessions, its embassies, its consulates, or its Armed Forces abroad, consistent with and limited to the President’s constitutional powers and responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief.

(b) Authorization For Future Operations Or Other Actions.
—Nothing in this Act shall be construed as limiting or prohibiting any authority of the President to submit to Congress proposed legislation to authorize operations or other actions relating to the use of military force initiated on or after the effective date described in section 4(a).

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