Senate rejects bipartisan push for new USA war authorization

Saul Bowman
September 14, 2017

Paul's amendment would repeal the 2001 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) passed in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the 2002 AUMF passed to green-light the Iraq War. Critics like Paul have said its ambiguity allows the president to take over Congress' constitutionally outlined role in declaring war. Cardin further argued that members of Congress "have a responsibility to specifically authorize the new threats that we have against our country and what military force is appropriate".

"Today's debate is an important step toward repealing the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force, a bill that was enacted before three-quarters of today's Congress was even in office", said Human Rights First's Rita Siemion.

"That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of global terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons". Paul, along with a number of other supporters from both political parties, has long criticized the scope of the resolutions.

The vote on revoking the Bush-era "Authorized Use of the US Military Forces" bill is scheduled in the US Senate on Wednesday. Jeff Flake of Arizona to draft a new war authorization, says he's likely to back Paul's amendment.


The U.S. Senate has voted to table Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) sided with Paul.

The Afghanistan War is the nation's longest-running war.

Those who opposed brining Paul's amendment for a full vote said the idea had not gone through the proper process, with a full debate and markup period. Sen. "That we don't today have clear authorization from Congress to pursue the military campaign against ISIS".

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. 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. Bipartisan amendment would block transgender ban Senators unveil bipartisan effort to block Trump's transgender ban MORE (R-Ariz.) left for chemotherapy for brain cancer, but Paul blocked that from happening.

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