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Public Law 107-40
107th Congress

                            Joint Resolution


 
    To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those 
     responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United 
           States. <<NOTE: Sept. 18, 2001 -  [S.J. Res. 23]>> 

Whereas, on September 11, 2001, acts of treacherous violence were 
    committed against the United States and its citizens; and
Whereas, such acts render it both necessary and appropriate that the 
    United States exercise its rights to self-defense and to protect 
    United States citizens both at home and abroad; and
Whereas, in light of the threat to the national security and foreign 
    policy of the United States posed by these grave acts of violence; 
    and
Whereas, such acts continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat 
    to the national security and foreign policy of the United States; 
    and
Whereas, the President has authority under the Constitution to take 
    action to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against 
    the United States: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 
States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Authorization for Use 
of Military Force. 50 USC 1541 note.>> 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This joint resolution may be cited as the ``Authorization for Use of 
Military Force''.

SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

    (a)  <<NOTE: President.>> In General.--That the President is 
authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those 
nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, 
committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 
2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any 
future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such 
nations, organizations or persons.

    (b) War Powers Resolution Requirements.--
            (1) Specific statutory authorization.--Consistent with 
        section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress 
        declares that this section is intended to constitute specific 
        statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of 
        the War Powers Resolution.

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            (2) Applicability of other requirements.--Nothing in this 
        resolution supercedes any requirement of the War Powers 
        Resolution.

    Approved September 18, 2001.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S.J. Res. 23 (H.J. Res. 64):
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 147 (2001):
            Sept. 14, considered and passed Senate and House.
WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 37 (2001):
            Sept. 18, Presidential statement.

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