Today we mark 18 years since the horrific September 11th attacks, and mourn those who were lost. We also remember that in the fear-filled period following the attacks, Congress nearly unanimously passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), written so broadly as to permit the President to go to war anywhere at any time without authorization.
We have an opportunity for Congress to reclaim this responsibility. Negotiations are currently taking place between the House and the Senate to reconcile the National Defense Authorization Act, which allocates military funding and must be passed every year. There is a chance we can get a repeal of the AUMF into this must-pass bill, and rein in the war powers of both Trump and future presidents.
Please ask your representatives to make sure this repeal gets into the final bill - espeically if you live in Adam Smith's district, as he serves on the Armed Services Committee!
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180
Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545
Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. Please make sure that a repeal of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force is included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act. 18 years after the September 11th attacks, a majority of Americans now support its repeal. It is time for Congress to take back their constitutional power to declare war.
More About the Ongoing NDAA Negotiations: https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2019/09/09/defense-lawmakers-set-aggressive-schedule-for-ndaa/
A Majority of Americans Now Support AUMF Repeal: https://twitter.com/SeanMcElwee/status/1171477764760670211
Indivisible's Resource Sheet for the AUMF: https://indivisible.org/resource/no-one-should-have-blank-check-war-especially-not-donald-trump