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Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists

The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), George W. Bush on September 18, 2001.

Text of the AUMF

Congressional votes

House of Representatives

On September 14, 2001 the House passed House Joint Resolution 64. The totals in the House of Representatives were: 420 Ayes, 1 Nay and 10 Not Voting. The Nay was Barbara Lee, D-CA. [1] Lee is notable as the only member of either house of Congress to vote against this bill.[2]


On September 14, 2001 Senate Joint Resolution 23 passed in the Senate by roll call vote. The totals in the Senate were: 98 Ayes, 0 Nays, 2 Present/Not Voting (Senators Larry Craig - R and Jesse Helms - R).

Citations in Law

Use by the DOD

The AUMF has also been cited by a wide variety of US officials as justification for continuing US military actions all over the world. Often the phrases "Al-Qaeda and associated forces" or "affiliated forces" have been used by these officials. However, that phrase does not appear in the AUMF.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Polner, Murray (2010-03-01) Left Behind, The American Conservative
  2. ^ Final Vote Results for Roll Call 342, U.S. House of Representatives. Accessed 7 April 2007.
  3. ^ NPR, 4/18/14. Radiolab. "60 Words" In collaboration with Buzzfeed. Reporter, Gregory Johnsen.

External links

  • S.J. Res. 23
  • Full text of the law (FindLaw)
  • White House - President Signs Authorization for Use of Military Force bill
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