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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force: Background in Brief

TO:       Honorable Barbara Lee
FROM: Matthew Weed, Analyst in Foreign Policy Legislation

This memorandum responds to your request for information on presidential utilization of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF; P.L. 107-40; 50 U.S.C. § 1541 note), enacted in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, to justify and undertake military and other action. It contains very brief discussions of the relevant provisions of the AUMF, and the use of U.S. armed forces and other actions initiated under AUMF authority. Material in this memorandum may be used in other Congressional Research Service (CRS) products.

Date of Report: July 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 4
Order Number: M-071013
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