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Republican Rep. Meijer calls AUMF repeal ‘Constitutional hygiene’

Freshman Rep. Peter Meijer, a Republican from Michigan whose independence on Trump and war issues has made headlines in his first two months in office, confirmed his support for repealing the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, saying it came down to two words.

“Constitutional hygiene.”

“There is nothing really that complex here,” he told a virtual audience on Thursday. He said there is no substantive argument for keeping the measure, which was put into place to invade Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from office nearly 20 years ago. Meijer, a combat veteran and former Afghanistan-based NGO, left Iraq with the last big wave of forces in 2011. The idea that Washington’s hands would be tied without it is ridiculous, he said. There are other authorities, like Article II, he said, if the administration wanted to justify action. While that is up to another debate, he said, “if we appealed it (2002 AUMF) eight years ago it wouldn’t have precluded any activity that we have engaged in since.”

Meijer was one of only two Republicans (the other, Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado) to help pass Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee’s repeal of the 2002 AUMF out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month. He has also introduced his own legislation to repeal not only the 2002 AUMF, but the still-open 1991 and 1957 AUMFs as well.

He told Thursday’s webinar, hosted by Andrew Lautz of the National Taxpayers Union and Jonathan Bydlak of R Street, that this is all part of Congress taking back its Constitutional oversight authorities, a goal he had front and center when he ran for office.