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US Senate committee votes to advance bill repealing Iraq war powers

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AP — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Wednesday to finally repeal two decades-old measures giving open-ended approval for military action in Iraq, an early round of action in a growing Democratic push to reclaim congressional say over US military strikes and deployments.

Committee members voted 14-8, with three Republicans voting with Democrats, to repeal the 1991 measure that sanctioned the US-led Gulf War to expel Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait, and the 2002 measure that greenlighted the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who sponsored the measure with Indiana Republican Sen. Todd Young, said he was hopeful for a full Senate vote in the coming weeks repealing the two measures and “formally bringing the war in Iraq to an end.”

The House already has voted to repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations of military force in Iraq.

In testimony before the committee on Tuesday, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman encouraged repeal of the 2002 measure. Ending the war........

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