US Senate rejects bid to repeal war authorizations

US Senate votes against amendment to stop endless war

The Senate voted Wednesday by almost two-to-one against an amendment from Sen.

"I don't think the resolution in 2001 has anything to do with the seven different wars that we're involved in now", Paul, who introduced the repeal bill, told MSNBC.

"For the first time in 15 years, we are debating the congressional role in the declaration of war". Senator McCain, for instance, agreed that the time to pass a new AUMF had come, but argued that consideration of a new war authorization should be done under regular order with a full debate and amendment process.

Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will hold a vote on U.S. Senator Rand Paul's amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force.

The vote on tabling the amendment isn't necessarily indicative of where senators would've voted on Sen.

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But Paul could find support in both parties from the corner of the Capitol that has been pressing for a new war authorization since the United States began military operations against ISIS in 2014.

"It is far too easy and convenient for this Congress to allow for an executive, whether it be a Republican or a Democrat executive, to define the parameters of war and to name new enemies that have not been before this body for debate", he said.

I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war. "It's hard to understand", Cardin stated, "how you could get from the reading of this authorization to the use of military force today". "That war is long since over".

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., the leading Republican voice urging a new AUMF, warned of "the very risk associated with repealing such a vital law before we have something to replace it with".

Democrats comprised the bulk of the vote to support Paul's amendment, with Sens.

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This was driven in no small part by objections from the Senate's Republican leadership.

Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of IL and Kamala Harris of California have proposed an amendment to protect military personnel who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) authorization.

While Paul's desire to place war powers back into the hands of legislators has been shared by the likes of Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Senator Jeff Flake from IL, both have expressed a preference for doing so in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, rather than imposing a deadline on Congress, The Washington Post reported.

Among those critical of the amendment were Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), John McCain (R-AZ), and Bob Corker (R-TN). The 2001 AUMF has already been used far beyond its original objective of authorizing force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

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