Tuesday, June 11 - End the AUMF / Indivisible Chapter Meeting / Federal Poverty Definition
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Require Congressional approval for the use of military force
Action 2: TONIGHT - Indivisible Lincoln Square chapter meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
Action 1: Require Congressional Approval for the Use of Military Force
On September 14, 2001, Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), granting the President the authority to use “all necessary and appropriate force” against those who “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the attacks of September 11th “in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States.”
Since 2001, the AUMF has been used as the legal basis for military action against a broad range of groups extending far beyond those implicated in the September 11th attacks. According to the Congressional Research Service, the 2001 AUMF has been used in at least 14 different countries to justify military intervention. For 18 years, the executive branch has used this overly broad and outdated authorization to wage unending war against terrorism with little or no appropriate congressional oversight.
As Trump has ratcheted up rhetoric against Iran, administration officials have cited the 2001 AUMF as the legal justification to strike Iranian territory without Congressional approval. To end the President’s ability to use the 2001 AUMF, the House Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment to repeal the AUMF for inclusion in the 2020 Defense Appropriations bill. The amendment will sunset the 2001 AUMF 240 days after the appropriations bill is passed, giving Congress and the administration an eight-month deadline to debate the provision and develop measures to replace it. The committee's approval of the amendment marks a significant step towards reinstating congressional oversight for military intervention and ending the executive branch's overly broad power to wage war.
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible.
IF CALLING HOUSE: I’m calling to express my support of Barbara Lee's amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force in the 2020 Defense Appropriations Bill. It is time to end this overly broad and outdated authorization and reintroduce appropriate congressional oversight to fight terrorism and wage war.
IF CALLING SENATE: I’m calling to express my support for the repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. It is time to end this overly broad and outdated authorization and reintroduce appropriate congressional oversight to fight terrorism and wage war.
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Action 2: TONIGHT - Indivisible Lincoln Square Chapter Meeting
Join us for a discussion of Fair Tax Amendment and what it will take to make fair taxes the law in Illinois. Jeanne Cameron, Executive Director of the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, will be speaking at 7 p.m.
When: TONIGHT, Tuesday, June 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
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Action 3: Public Comment on Federal Poverty Level Definition
A proposal released by the Office of Management and Budget in early May would change how inflation is used to calculate the official Federal Poverty Level definition. Lowering estimates of the inflation rate could mean that the Federal Poverty Level would rise at a slower rate, which could mean that fewer families and individuals would be able to receive means-tested benefits.
The administration is accepting comments on the poverty calculation until June 21 here. Please comment against this proposed change.
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