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The Senate took the first step toward repealing two authorizations for war in Iraq. The vote was 68-27.

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Chuck SchumerWhat happened: The Senate voted Thursday to formally move forward on repealing the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force in Iraq, setting up future amendment votes on the package before final passage.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer predicted "a number of amendment votes" on the floor, though a list of those to be considered remains to be finalized.

"Repealing this AUMF is a necessary step towards putting the final remnants of the Iraq War squarely behind us."

— Schumer on the floor, speaking on the 2002 authorization.

The Biden administration formally supported the legislation on Thursday, writing in a statement of administration policy that "in keeping with President Biden’s longstanding commitment to replacing outdated authorizations for the use of military force, the Administration supports Senate passage of S. 316."


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