Lankford Rejects Attempt to Remove US Capability to Combat Terrorism

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement following efforts to remove two Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The vote passed by 66 to 30, which will repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations regarding Iraq.

“Only a few days after Iranian militants targeted and killed an American contractor in Syria, this vote sends a signal of American retreat, rather than American resolve.  The Iranian regime is a threat to regional and global peace. Removing this counter- terrorism authority now weakens our stance in the Middle East and gives the brutal Iranian regime a win. ”