AUMF Reform Will Not Restore Proper Constitutional War Powers

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“There has been a lot of talk about repealing Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs) currently in effect. This, we are told, would restore war powers to Congress where they constitutionally belong. But these plans invariably include new ‘up-to-date’ AUMFs. The problem is that, as they’ve been used, these AUMFs themselves are an unconstitutional delegation of war powers to the executive branch. In practice, AUMFs have acted as resolutions that ‘authorize’ the president to unilaterally decide if and when the United States will take military action, something the Founders intentionally withheld from the executive branch.” (11/19/23)