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Chuck Schumer. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Wednesday he supports repealing the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq.

Why it matters: Schumer's announcement marks the first time he has expressed support for repealing the 2002 authorization, which former President Trump partially cited as authority for the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani last year. Schumer said he would commit to bringing the bill to the Senate floor this year.

The big picture: The House is set to vote Thursday on a bill repealing the authorization, which was passed before former President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

  • The House voted to repeal the 2002 authorization last year, but the measure was not taken up in the Senate and the Trump administration opposed the move, according to CNN.
  • The White House's Office of Management and Budget issued a statement Monday supporting the repeal, potentially boosting the prospects of passage in the Senate, per CNN.

What he's saying: Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor that repealing the authorization "will eliminate the danger of a future administration reaching back into the legal dustbin to use it as a justification for military adventurism."

  • "At the beginning of last year, we saw that danger become frightfully real when President Trump ordered an airstrike against an Iranian target in Iraq without transparency, without proper notification to Congress, and without a clear strategy," he continued.

Between the lines: The 2001 AUMF, which gave the U.S. government the authority to use military force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks, is viewed as a far more sweeping authorization.

  • Critics say it has given the U.S. a blank check to deploy the military in countries around the world, but there is no sign that Congress will move to repeal the law.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) plans to formally trigger the budget reconciliation process on Wednesday, setting Democrats up to ram the White House's American Jobs and Family Plans through the Senate via a simple majority vote in July.

Why it matters: Announcing this strategy now could be dangerous to the group of 20 bipartisan lawmakers trying to hash out a deal on the "hard" infrastructure portion of President Biden's package.

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Vice President Kamala Harris has big goals for improving conditions in Central America to help slow migration from the region toward the United States.

Driving the news: Senior administration officials unveiled five sweeping goals during a call on Wednesday: Bettering economic prospects; rooting out corruption; promoting human rights, labor rights, and a free press; preventing gang violence; as well as combating sexual, gender-based and domestic violence.

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The recent surge of COVID-19 cases is strengthening the case for more frequent testing.

Why it matters: The more contagious Delta variant threatens the fuller reopening of offices and schools in the fall. But regular testing — especially with cheap and almost instantaneous tests — could help catch cases before they have a chance to spread.