Senators Table Paul Amendment to 2018 NDAA

Republican Senate leadership unable to scuttle debate on U.S. wars
Rand Paul likely to get a war vote

14 September, 2017

This will mark the first Senate vote addressing an AUMF since 2002. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to put a six-month expiration date on the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs that the government cites as its legal basis for operations against extremist groups in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

"For the first time in 15 years, we are debating the congressional role in the declaration of war".

Earlier today, Senator Paul spoke on the Senate floor to demand Congress take its constitutional responsibilities seriously and vote on his amendment.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., announced on Tuesday that despite his initial concerns, he would support Paul's effort to force an AUMF debate in Congress over the next six months.

Paul introduced his amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). US Senators just voted for endless war.

"I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war", said Senator Paul.

The vote on revoking the Bush-era "Authorized Use of the US Military Forces" bill is scheduled in the US Senate on Wednesday. He said such a motion was crucial for spurring a renewed debate on the legality and constitutionality of the U.S.'s involvement in such conflicts.

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The annual bill, which still currently carries the controversial war powers resolutions, was cleared for consideration Monday by Congress and now some major amendments, including Paul's, are set to be heard. Jeff Flake of Arizona to draft a new war authorization, says he's likely to back Paul's amendment. Democratic and Republican presidents have said that authority is sufficient.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said lawmakers have the responsibility to debate because the 2001 authorization passed nearly unanimously to fight the perpetrators of 9/11 in Afghanistan no longer applies to military operations 16 years later.

Paul's Republican colleagues agree with his sentiments, but think his amendment is the wrong way to do it. Sen.

While he'd hoped this would bring in support not only from opponents of the war, but from hawks eager to get their votes on the record to authorize these many, effectively unauthorized wars, little support ultimately materialized.

This was driven in no small part by objections from the Senate's Republican leadership. John McCain (R-AZ) called the amendment "premature" and "irresponsible", however he expressed a need for an updated AUMF that is specific to the fight against ISIS.

The U.S. military has been operating under the legal authority that Congress endorsed some 16 years ago after the September 11 attacks.

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