Less than 1/4 of the 115th Congress was present for the AUMF

July 15, 2017 | July 15, 2017

In 2001, following the attacks on September 11th, Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). For more than a decade, the AUMF has granted the president authority to use military force against terrorist organizations. The AUMF was passed almost unanimously by the 107th Congress with the exception of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) -- the only member of Congress to vote against the authorization.

Two weeks ago, on June 29th, 2017, Rep. Lee succesfully passed an amendment out of the House Appropriatations Committee calling for the repeal the AUMF. With a potential renegotiation of the AUMF horizon, which members of Congress were around for its original passage in 2001?

Less than 1/4 of the 115th House were present for the AUMF

On September 14th, 2001, three days after 9/11, the 107th House passed the AUMF with 420 yeas, 1 nay, and 5 not present. Of the 421 voting members, only 91 are still serving in the House including 58 Democrats and 33 Republicans.

House Democrats Present for the 2001 AUMF.House Democrats Present for the 2001 AUMF.

Less than half of the 115th Senate were present for the AUMF

Four days after the House passed the AUMF, the 107th Senate passed the authorization 98-0 with 2 members not present, former Sen. Craig (R-ID) and former Sen. Helms (R-NC). Of the 98 voting Senators, 22 members are still serving in the Senate along with 18 members who were serving in the House at the time of the vote.

Senate Republicans Present for the 2001 AUMF.

Senate Democrats Present for the 2001 AUMF.

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