The authorizations would be repealed six months after the amendment passes, with the hope being that would force Congress to vote on a new authorization before then.
While Paul said he personally rejected the rationale behind the U.S.'s worldwide military intervention, the Kentucky senator told lawmakers Wednesday that passing his amendment would not necessarily end the country's involvement in wars overseas. Senator Paul called his amendment "grabbing back the power to declare war", citing concerns about the applicability of the AUMFs for current military actions and questioning whether the president's military authority is constitutional.
Despite the failure, Win Without War director Stephen Miles argues that the vote "shows that momentum is building to cancel the president's blank check for endless war", adding that "it's clear that our representatives in Congress are beginning to recognize that after almost two decades, the conflicts we are now fighting have a tenuous connection to the laws that are used to authorize them". US Senators just voted for endless war. Paul argued that the AUMF was wrongly been used to authorize seven distinct wars, and that repealing it would force Congress to debate specific authorizations for specific wars as an alternative.
Paul introduced his amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
WASHINGTON ― The Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposal to repeal the sweeping authorizations for war passed by Congress in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Paul says inaction by Congress is letting the White House unilaterally commit the nation to war.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sen.
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.
Trump announced last month a new strategy for the U.S.'s war in Afghanistan, one in which the US would no longer focus on "nation-building", but simply "killing terrorists".
Among those critical of the amendment were Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), John McCain (R-AZ), and Bob Corker (R-TN).
The U.S. Senate has voted to table Sen.
This vote is far from the end of this debate.
Paul's Republican colleagues agree with his sentiments, but think his amendment is the wrong way to do it. Sen.
Kaine and Flake are pressing the foreign relations committee to mark up their authorization, and the committee had Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brief them on the issue last month.