Senate blocks Rand Paul’s amendment to rollback AUMF war powers

Rare | 9/13/2017 | Jack Hunter
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Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) amendment that would sunset the war authorizations that give the president the ability to engage in virtually unlimited military intervention was blocked on Wednesday.

The vote on Paul’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was tabled, 61-36. If it had passed, it would have repealed the 2001 and 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed after 9/11 six months after the bill became law. Paul argued that Congress would have time to properly debate foreign policy within those six months – a legislative reclamation of the ability to declare war from the executive branch.

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“I don’t think that anyone with an ounce of intellectual honesty believes that these authorizations from 16 years ago and 14 years ago … authorized war in seven different countries,” Paul said on the senate floor before the motion to table.

“I am advocating a vote … on whether or not we should be at war,” Paul added. “It should be a simple vote. It is like pulling teeth.”

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Opponents of Paul’s amendment worried that it might inhibit America’s ability to wage war.

Sen. Jack Reed, (D-RI), worried that not having a replacement immediately would hurt U.S. military capabilities. “You can’t replace something with nothing, and we have nothing,” Reed said....
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