US Senate rejects bid to repeal war authorizations


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

The Senate on Wednesday voted against an effort led by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to repeal the war authorization passed in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks and that which preempted the invasion of Iraq.

Nearly 16 years to the day it was first passed, the Senate voted to table an amendment by Sen. 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's actual amendment. Sen.

The majority of support for the amendment came from Democrats, who joined Paul in arguing that it is long past time for Congress to debate a new authorization for the use of force. "Will senators idly sit by and let the wars continue, unabated and unauthorized?"

The vote on the amendment was tabled over concerns a repeal of the AUMF without a direct replacement would put the country's national security in danger. Sen.

"I don't know what the right answer to this question is", said Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

US Senate #AUMF vote now being counted. John McCain, R-Ariz., said many senators would probably support a new war authorization if given the chance.


The Senate has rejected a bipartisan push for a new war authorization for military forces battling the Islamic State group and other militants. Mike Lee and Dean Heller joining Paul for the Republicans.

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. "I wanted a new AUMF under President Obama". "I don't think that the resolution in 2001 has anything to do with the seven different wars we're involved with now".

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

The amendment received three no votes from Republicans: Paul himself, Sen. President Donald Trump signed off on sending an additional 4,000 troops there last month.

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.

"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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