After threatening to scuttle all amendments on a massive defense policy bill, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to sunset the war authorizations that have been used for 16 years to justify ongoing military actions in regions around the globe.
"Repealing the 2001-2002 AUMFs without simultaneously passing a new authorization would be premature, it would be irresponsible and it would threaten the USA national security and it would inhibit our democracy-building efforts overseas", McCain said on the Senate floor before the vote.
Senator Paul's amendment was tabled by a vote of 61-36.
There will soon be people fighting in a war who were not alive when the attacks on September 11, 2001 occurred.
Earlier today, Senator Paul spoke on the Senate floor to demand Congress take its constitutional responsibilities seriously and vote on his amendment.
I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war. John McCain (R-AZ) agreed we need a new AUMF, but not with Paul's plan. Sen.
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"It would send a very inappropriate signal to our troops, to our allies in the fight across the globe, and also it would send an unfortunate signal to our adversaries", said Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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.
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. Paul, a leader of the GOP's noninterventionist wing, said Congress would use the time to debate an updated war authority for operations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere before the old ones expired. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, on developing an authorization that can strike a balance between lawmakers who want a more restrictive authorization and those who want it to give more open-ended authority to the president.
"I think it is way past time, way past time, for Congress to take this up and for everybody to be on the record", he said. "I'd rather do it in a deliberative fashion". Mike Lee and Dean Heller joining Paul for the Republicans. Kaine supported Paul's amendment Wednesday while Flake voted against it. Kaine cited the timeline as giving the matter necessary urgency, while Flake said it needed to go through a more deliberative process. Susan Collins introduced an amendment on Monday that would push back on President Donald Trump's proposed transgender ban by blocking the Trump administration from discharging service members exclusively on the basis of their gender identity.
The Trump administration, like the Obama administration before it, has argued that it has the legal authority to wage war against ISIS under the 2001 authorization.
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