Senate Debates War Authorization

Rand Paul likely to get a war vote

In 2001, former US President George W. Bush signed the AUMF to authorize the use of the US armed forces against "those responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001, and any associated forces", according to the resolution.

Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Paul said, "I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war". "I don't think one generation should bind another generation to war", he said.

Even those who spoke on the floor against Paul's repeal amendment did so not because they disagreed that it was time for a new AUMF but because they wanted a replacement before voting to repeal existing authorities. The amendment would have ended the current Authorization for Use of Military Force within six months and forced Congress to vote on authorizing wars beyond that.

Bob Corker (R-TN) moved to table (kill) the amendment, forcing an immediate vote.

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. Rand Paul is likely to secure a vote on ending the war authorizations the United States military uses to fight terrorism across the globe. US Senators just voted for endless war. These advocates of perpetual war argue that the Article II powers of the President give unlimited war-making powers to the President. Paul, along with a number of other supporters from both political parties, has long criticized the scope of the resolutions.

Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who has joined forces with Arizona Republican Sen.

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. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Dick Durban (D-IL). But McCain, R-Ariz., said Wednesday that he is "guardedly optimistic" that the end product would be better as a result of the debate and the "spirited discussion, which the Senate is supposed to have". "That war is long since over". "That we don't today have clear authorization from Congress to pursue the military campaign against ISIS". Mike Lee and Dean Heller joining Paul for the Republicans. John McCain (R-AZ), were said to be concerned that new, specific AUMFs would limit to scope of America's wars, whereas the status quo is an AUMF that isn't directly applicable, and subsequently includes no direct limits that anyone is complying with.

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