By last week’s end, Rep. Trone signed onto Rep. Lee’s proposed legislation to repeal the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF). HR1274 is not radical. Rather, it is a reassertion of Congress’ constitutional duty to decide with whom we go to war. Trone also voted yes to the House’s first appropriations bill of the year. This bill contained a similar rider to repeal the AUMF. With world tensions constantly brewing, now with Iran, the reassertion of Congress’ role in what happens next is paramount. All of this was great news to the Frederick Advocacy Team, who has been in communication with Rep. Trone and his staff requesting his support for the repeal of the AUMF since he entered into office.

The Frederick Advocacy is a small volunteer group, guided by the Friends Committee on National Legislation. We do the best we can. We persevere. We hold each other accountable. Some step up when others need to step away. We make it a goal to act with integrity. We strive for the world we seek. We sometimes do not feel we have been heard. We lament that our dreams of a world without war are not always front and center, or even a goal for some. There is much that is imperfect. We are not wanting for work. HR 1274 and the appropriations bill have a journey still to travel. Today, though, is a day to say thank you. To take some breaths before going back out again to ask, to connect, to engage in this messy, unpredictable and unnerving process we call democracy.

Michelle Hartley


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