As the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday easily passed a bill by Rep. Barbara Lee to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, peace advocates called on Congress to enact similar legislation to end the 2001 AUMF upon which the open-ended so-called Global War on Terror has been waged for nearly 20 years.\r\n\r\nAppearing on NBC\u0026#039;s \u0022Meet the Press Daily\u0022 on Thursday, Lee (D-Calif.), who was the only member of Congress to vote against the post-9/11 AUMF (pdf)—passed one week after the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on the United States—told host Chuck Todd that H.R. 256, her bill repealing the 2002 AUMF that passed by a bipartisan vote of 268-161, \u0022is an important step toward repealing the 2001 authorization.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022We must keep up our fight to repeal the 2001 AUMF so that no future president has the unilateral power to plunge us into endless wars,\u0022 Lee said separately ahead of Thursday\u0026#039;s House vote.\r\n\r\nRep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) also called to repeal the 2001 AUMF, tweeting Thursday that \u0022the power to declare war belongs to Congress because we are the branch most accountable to the people.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Today, the House voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which has enabled endless war in Iraq,\u0022 Porter added. \u0022Let\u0026#039;s do the 2001 AUMF next.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe anti-war group Peaceful Tomorrows, founded by relatives of 9/11 victims, published a statement Thursday calling for a repeal of the 2001 authorization.\r\n\r\n\u0022It has been almost two decades since the deaths of our loved ones, and for the entirety of that time, the U.S. has been at war,\u0022 the group tweeted. \u0022These wars have not brought justice for the crimes of 9/11. Instead, they have caused untold suffering and deaths among innocent civilians who bore no responsibility for 9/11. Rather than keeping Americans and other people throughout the world safer, these wars have inflamed and provoked violence.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPeaceful Tomorrows noted that while the 2001 AUMF gave then-President George W. Bush \u0022the authority to use force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks,\u0022 the law \u0022has been used by the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations to authorize the use of force in 19 countries, against groups that did not even exist in 2001, and have no connection to the attacks.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022To end the forever wars and end this chapter in American history, Congress must sunset the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force,\u0022 the group said.\r\n\r\nIn 2001, Lee presciently warned that the AUMF would allow presidents to wage war \u0022anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation\u0026#039;s long-term foreign policy, economic, and national security interests, and without time limit.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022That was a blank check; it was passed right after the horrific attacks of 9/11, it was 60 words, and it just authorized the use of force forever,\u0022 Lee told Todd of the 2001 authorization. \u0022So it set the stage for perpetual war.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe U.S.-led anti-terror war—which includes the Afghanistan War, the longest in U.S. history—continues to this day. At least 800,000 Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan, Pakistani, Somali, Syrian, and Yemeni people, as well as thousands of U.S. and allied troops, have died, at a cost exceeding $6.4 trillion, according to the Costs of War Project at Brown University\u0026#039;s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.\r\n\r\nStephanie Savell, co-director of the Costs of War Project, told Esquire in an article published Wednesday that the 2001 AUMF is even more important than the 2002 authorization because it \u0022grants the president broad authority to extend the war wherever and however he pleases.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEsquire politics editor Jack Holmes wrote:\r\n\r\n\r\nThe move to repeal the 2002 AUMF is welcome, particularly because, as the Trump administration demonstrated, it can also be exploited by the executive to justify unilateral decisions of war and peace. But if\u0026nbsp;[Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York]\u0026nbsp; is serious about reclaiming the war powers of Congress—and ending our endless wars—then the 2001 AUMF will have to go, too.\r\n\r\nThe Biden White House, like every administration, is fused to the extended military and intelligence apparatus... When the smoke clears, there are always new enemies. More bombs to drop, and give to our friends to drop. Eventually, this has to stop. It would help if the legislative branch, and its many individual members who have absolved themselves of responsibility for these endless conflicts by ensuring they never have to go on the record about them, would take some of that responsibility back.\r\n\r\n\r\nOn the House floor ahead of Thursday\u0026#039;s vote, Lee cited some of the \u0022lies and misinformation\u0022 disseminated by the Bush administration in its attempt to sell the Iraq War to a largely skeptical American public. And while it was not based on as many outright lies as the Iraq War, the Bush administration nevertheless brushed off multiple opportunities to avoid a protracted war in Afghanistan.\r\n\r\nIn the weeks following 9/11, the Taliban—whose members were previously supported by the U.S. government and courted by American business interests despite their human rights crimes—offered first to try al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and then to turn him over to the United States as Bush launched the invasion of Afghanistan.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn April, President Joe Biden announced he plans to withdraw all regular American combat troops from Afghanistan by this year\u0026#039;s anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. According to the Costs of War Project, the nearly 20-year war has claimed an estimated 241,000 lives and cost the U.S. $2.26 trillion.