Senate Votes to Table Rand Paul's War Vote Amendment

Rand Paul Fights to Force Congress to Reclaim War Powers

Rand Paul Fights to Force Congress to Reclaim War Powers

Paul argued that Congress would have time to properly debate foreign policy within those six months - a legislative reclamation of the ability to declare war from the executive branch. Rand Paul (R-KY) that would have repealed the 2001 Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF) 61 to 31.

In response to Congress' move, which took place on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people, Paul tweeted that he was looking to end US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and would "object to all procedural motions and amendments" until a vote was held. After defeating Hussein's military, US forces were immediately faced with a jihadist insurgency led in part by Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which ultimately evolved into ISIS and spread into neighboring Syria, where USA troops have also been deployed.

Paul attempted the maneuver as an amendment to the defense-spending bill under debate by the Senate, saying it is past time for Congress to reconsider the authorization for the now 16-year-old wars. 13 Democrats also voted to kill Paul's amendment.

"I don't think one generation should bind another generation to war", Paul said during an interview Wednesday on MSNBC. "Will senators idly sit by and let the wars continue, unabated and unauthorized?" "And we have nothing", said Sen. Paul asked. "Realize if we don't force these authorizations to expire, this war could go on forever".

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The Trump administration has asserted that it has the authority it needs to conduct the war on terror, and many lawmakers say that is sufficient.

But Kaine's decision to join Paul's efforts did not inspire other senators to follow suit, as leading Republicans and Democrats argued against putting an expiration date on existing authorizations for the United States' engagement in high-stakes conflicts around the world. But McCain, who is working with other senators on a new authorization, said he expects that the vote on the amendment will give "momentum" to their efforts.

"I'm inclined to support it, because I think it will encourage the foreign relations committee to really grapple the Flake-Kaine AUMF", Kaine told CNN. The committee held multiple hearings on the topic and had a classified briefing with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis earlier this year. Paul said even though his amendment failed, each senator is now on record.

"I agree that we need to take action", said Corker, R-Tenn. "I'd rather do it in a deliberative fashion".

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In the House, the appropriations committee approved an amendment from California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee to repeal the 2001 AUMF, but House Republican leaders used a procedural tactic to strip the amendment before the defense appropriations bill passed on the floor. He announced on the floor that he is "supporting Senator Paul's amendment", because there was "no particular motive or forcing mechanism that has made the committee take this up". Kirsten Gillibrand and Maine Republican Sen. President Donald Trump signed off on sending an additional 4,000 troops there last month.

A separate authorization for the war in Iraq approved by Congress in 2002 also remains in force.

"And Sen. Tom Cotton has proposed an amendment that would end the sequestration budget caps for both defense and non-defense spending, which as now written would prevent the Pentagon's proposed $54 billion budget increase from taking shape".

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